Access to water and sanitation services should be a basic human right. But for billions of people worldwide, this is not the case. Promoting inclusiveness and gender equality is a matter of urgency.

Join Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organization, and other world experts at ADB’s flagship water event, the Asia Water Forum 2022, to discuss the most pressing issues facing water in the Asia and the Pacific region: awf.adb.org

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Hello, my name is Jack Sim. I'm the founder of the World Toilet Organization. I'll be talking at the Asia Water Forum this August.

I strongly believe that we must promote inclusiveness and gender equality as a matter of urgency. Access to water and sanitation services should be a basic human right. But for billions of people worldwide, this is not the case.

Every year, diarrhea deaths reach about 2 million people, and nobody cares. Why? Because the subject of sanitation we don't talk about it enough because this affects poor people. But every human life is equal. Across Asia and Pacific, our vulnerable communities, especially women, are the ones who suffer the most from the lack of proper sanitation.

Over the last 21 years 1.4 billion people in the [Global] South have gained access to sanitation just because we talked about it. We mobilized politicians, media, NGOs, investors, donors into this sector. It is not just individuals or communities that benefit from new, improved access to sanitation and water services, the benefits radiate across the whole society. This is why it is essential. We continue to improve the lives of our most marginalized groups across Asia and the Pacific.

Join me at the Asia Water Forum this August to discuss this issue further.

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