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Nov 19, 2015

World Toilet Day: Let's Promote Inclusive Public Toilets


National Federation of the Disabled- Nepal organized a special program at Kathmandu to mark World Toilet Day with the theme- “Let’s promote inclusive toilets.” The program was organized in association with WaterAid, CBM, Karuna Foundation and Disability Working Group (DWG) of Association of International NGOs of Nepal.  

The program was chaired by Mr. Shudarson Subedi, President of NFDN and the chief guest of the program was Hon. Biraj Bista, Asst. Minister of Local Development.

World Toilet Day Program Picture of Guests

NFDN President Mr. Shudarson Subedi started the program by highlighting the importance the inclusive public toilets and shared how people with disabilities go through various problems because of lack of accessible toilets. He shared that his various colleague and friends who used wheelchair couldn’t use the toilet in NFDN office a year ago. He also expressed his happiness that at least the NFDN office now has accessible toilets for both male and female. Lastly, Mr Subedi asked the attention of the Minister in this matter and requested him to do as much possible in his term.

The program saw the remarks from various guests including Ms. Sharmila Karki (President of NGO Federation), Ms. Tripti Rai (Country Representative of WaterAid Nepal), Mr. Deepak Raj Sapkota (Country Director of Karuna Foundation), Ms. Subhadra Dahal (Director of Social Welfare Council) and Saurav Sharma (Coordinator of Disability working Group/AIN). All of the guests spoke about the importance of public toilet and what each of their organizations were doing in terms of building inclusive public toilets in Kathmandu.

A memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also signed between the social welfare council and disability working group of AIN stating that the SWC would provide space in Bhrikutimandap of DWG/AID to build an accessible and inclusive public toilet. The MOU was signed by Ms. Shubadra Dahal (from SWC) and Mr. Saurav Sharma (From DWG/AIN). The toilet will be started to be built from Dec 03 and is expected to complete within four months from its inception. The public toilets will be free for use of persons with disability and will charge a nominal charge for those without disability for sustainability.

Asst. Minister of Local Development, Hon Biraj Bista, gave his closing remarks in the program saying he will do everything possible to make more accessible and inclusive public toilet in Kathmandu. He also added that to do this, however, he will need constant support and pressure from disability community. He invited the leaders of disability movement in his office and promise that he would start working on this starting from the very next day.

The program was facilitated by Ms. Tika Dahal, General Secretary of NFDN. About 200 people participated in the program.

 

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