Activists of ‘Right to Pee Campaign’ team returned the award they won last year to Mayor Snehal Ambekar on Women’s Day, protesting the lack of improvement in sanitation facilities for women. The activists had approached Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last week with their demand to increase toilets for women.
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Supriya Sonar, one of the members of the campaign, stated that the Mayor awards were given to them last year for remarkable contribution in promoting and improving sanitation in the city. “She had given it to us on the last Women’s Day and had made certain promises to improve the condition of sanitation for women. But in the last three years, there has been absolutely no change in condition of toilets,” said Sonar. The campaign is the collaborative effort of 33 NGOs that started it as a united front.
Sonar added that at the time of receiving the award, the activists had declared they would return it if the BMC didn’t keep its word.
“Despite having funds, nothing has been done to build more toilets for women. In fact, we had even had meetings with the BMC architect and had agreed upon designs of gender-friendly toilets. But none of them has been implemented so far,” Sonar said, adding that the Mayor accepted their awards back, including a shawl and a coconut. Ambekar could not be reached for comment.