On October 14, 2016 the GTO and around 100 Berlin pupils called attention to the World Food Day (October 16) and showed why toilets can combat hunger and save lives.
With the demonstration at the symbolic place of the world time clock on the Alexanderplatz in Berlin the pupils with placards and self-made exhibits explained passers-by the serious influence of missing toilets also on the global hunger.
795 million people in the world are suffering from hunger. One third of the world's population does not have access to basic sanitation and good hygiene. Especially children under 5 years of age suffer from chronic and life-threatening diarrheal diseases, which lead to deficiency of nutrition and permanent impairment of the mental and physical development. The World Health Organization estimates that 50% of all malnutrition goes to the account of poor sanitation, unclean water and poor hygiene. Thus, access to good toilets can make a significant contribution to eliminating hunger and malnutrition worldwide.
Before the demonstration on the Alexanderplatz the pupils gave a press conference at the Red Town hall and explained the relation between Hunger and clean sanitation.
We would like to thanks all persons involved.
The action is part of the "Klobalisierte Welt" project, which is made possible through means of Engagement Global on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and by the Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin. We also thank the CWS-boco (cws-boco.de) for the long-term support.
"Agenda 2030 - Berlin makes future! Innovation and digital transformation as an engine for sustainable development". This year's Zukunftstour took place in Berlin on April 21 at Radialsystem. The Minister for development, Dr. Gerd Müller, launched the Zukunftscharta in 2014, to raise awareness for the United Nation's Sustainable Development goals.
Our education programme "toiletised world" took part at the event. Participants played an entertaining but also exciting toilet memory, to learn about cultural diversity and the various forms of toilets in the world. Additionally, the visitors engaged in the Sanitation-is Dignity campaign and were photographed with their "revolootionary" message at the Photo-point. The participants were able to deepen their knowledge through the information on the notice-board.
On the occasion of International Women's Day Berlin pupils and the German Toilet Organization (GTO) staged an unexpected scene at the Washington Square in front of Berlin Central Station.
In the focus of the flash mob were two toilet stalls, one for women, and one for men. With a disproportionately long queue in front of the ladies - a well-known image - the pupils drew attention to the lack of gender equality in front of the loo.
According to the World Health Organization one in three women worldwide have no access to safe and clean sanitation. In poor neighborhoods of urban areas the only existing public toilets are rarely gender-separated. More than 500 million women and girls therefore do their business outdoors. Many go only at night, in order to protect their privacy. This is not only unhealthy, but also makes them prone to harassment and sexual assaults.
Pupils of the Ruetli School in Berlin-Neukoelln and Fritz-Reuter-School from Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen participated in the project. The project is financially supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (LEZ) by the State of Berlin. ECOtoiletten kindly provided toilets. CWS-boco is a long term supporter of this and other GTO projects.