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Toilet Talks

Listen to a collection of short, informative talks from experts, academics, and students discussing issues around Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), bodies, bathrooms, and intersections around access to the human rights to water and sanitation and 'leaving no one behind'. Launched for World Toilet Day 2019. 

Select a Toilet Talk and hit play

 
 
 
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Marcus is a PhD human rights student at the University of Coimbra's Centre for Social Studies. His research focuses on new trends in citizen-led data initiatives, digital data tools, and the ‘sanitation for all’ target of SDG 6. He has previously worked as an administrator, data analyst, and senior researcher. 

Marcus Erridge

Creator of Toilet Talks 

ABOUT TOILET TALKS

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Mr N. Krishnan, Chief Operating Officer at Hand in Hand India and has been working very closely with Water and Sanitation projects under their Health Pillar. Krishnan has over two decades of experience in project management, marketing and sales in FMCG and development sectors. He oversees education, health, natural resource management and skill-related projects.

N. Krishnan

CEO, Hand in Hand India

SANITATION FOR HEALTHY LIVES

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Tariya works with WaterAid UK as a Programme Support Advisor-Sanitation. At WaterAid, he supports the roll out of guidance on rethinking rural sanitation, which was developed together with Plan International UK and UNICEF. Yarif calls on all stakeholders to renew their commitment to rural sanitation and hygiene today through this call to action.

Tariya Yusuf

Programme Support Advisor - Sanitation, WaterAid

A CALL TO ACTION

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Sarah is a PhD student in the Religion Department at Syracuse University, concurrent with doctoral level study Environmental Studies at State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her work focuses on ecological regeneration, community cultivation, and spiritual activism. Originally from Elkhart, Indiana (traditional Potawatomi land) she graduated from Spelman College and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

Sarah Nahar

PhD student, Syracuse University

DEFECATORY JUSTICE

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Reid Harvey is a ceramic industrial designer focused on environmental health in the Global South.  As senior scientist at TAM Ceramics, Niagara Falls, NY, he works towards implementing large-scale water filters of granulated ceramics.  Additional is a genuinely sustainable insulating ceramic rocket stove which burns biomass with no smoke, no carbonised fuel necessary.

Reid Harvey

Senior Scientist, TAM Ceramics

CERAMICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL 

HEALTH

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James is a Senior Project Officer at Practical Action, Eastern Africa responsible for public health project implementation within the Lake Basin Region. He also provides overall leadership in the implementation of Safe Pair of Hands Project, a role that extends to networking and development of strategic alliances in the WASH sector.

James Ogutu

Senior Project Officer - Urban Services, Practical Action

WORLD TOILET DAY

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Persis Ramírez is a Civil Engineer with an MSc in Water, Sanitation and Health from the University of Leeds, UK. She is an active member of the Water Youth Network (WYN), and proud Chevening Alumni. She currently works for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic.

HOW MY GRANDMOTHER CLIMBED FOUR STEPS OF THE SANITATION LADDER

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Persis Ramirez

Civil Engineer, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Dominican Republic

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Ranjan Panda is a sociologist with over 30 years experience facilitating grassroots to national water, sanitation, environmental conservation and climate change advocacy initiatives. Ranjan is an expert on water, sanitation and climate change issues and a senior freelance journalist. Known as Water Man of Odisha and as a 'Climate Crusader’ in India, he was awarded by the President of India with the first “Green Hero” by NDTV-TOYOTA.

SANITATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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Ranjan Panda 

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Shreeyanka is passionate about spreading the word about those “who are left behind.” With a Master’s in International Affairs and English, her passion led her to take up a career in media. While working with Practical Action, she’s committed herself to make visible all the small initiatives lead by Practical Action to bring big changes in the lives of many poor people, recording their stories, showing images, and reporting the news.

SANITISING MINDSETS

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Shreeyanka Chowdhury

Communication 

Associate, Practical Action

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Josefina holds an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. In this talk, she shares an overview of her research focused on the sexual segregation of public toilets. She has been working for over a decade in the areas of Human Rights, Women´s rights, LGBTIQ+ rights and Immigrants’ rights in Argentina and Brazil.

PUBLIC TOILETS AS DEMARCATION OF IDENTITY BOUNDARIES 

00:00 / 04:56

Josefina Cicconetti

Researcher, MA Cultural Studies, University of Sao Paulo

 
 
 
 
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Dr. Andrés Hueso leads WaterAid's global sanitation policy work, in a role that involves research and advocacy. He has a cross-disciplinary background, combining an engineering degree and extensive research experience in development, including a PhD on sanitation in India. He shares insights from a recent study on the health, dignity and safety of sanitation workers

Andrés Hueso

Senior Policy Analyst - Sanitation, WaterAid

THE PLIGHT OF SANITATION WORKERS

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Professor Mikunthan is Dean of Graduate Studies and a Professor in Agricultural Biology at the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He has extensive experience as an academic and journalist, working for almost thirty years on a wide range of biological, ecological and agricultural topics.

Prof. G Mikunthan

University of Jaffna

THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAN, HEALTHY TOILETS

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