We are happy to invite you to the launch of

      South Asia

          Campaign on


            Right To

      Sanitation in India

          on 19th March 2013 (11 AM – 3 PM) at


            Rajendra Bhawan, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, New


          . On the same


          day, collectives of social organisations are launching the campaign in


            Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and

      Sri Lanka

          as part of a coordinated


          effort of people’s organisations in South Asia and Regional level


            launch taking place in





              The Campaign is launched in


            in form of different activities


            across 18 states, including state capitals and different district


            level programmes. It will be followed by a series of activities on the


            issue. We request you to participate in the campaign and join us in


            this endeavor to “Make the Right Real and promote Right to Sanitation


            for All in India”.



              Sanitation and hygiene have been much neglected areas in India as well


              as in South Asia. India is the global capital in terms of people going


              for open defecation. Rural sanitation coverage is still around 30%


                (Census 2011) and the budget allocation is hardly 0.2% of our


              . It


              results in deaths of more than 1000 children in India everyday and a


              loss of more than 6% of the GDP every year. Persons with disability,


              women, girls and socially excluded communities are the worst sufferers


              of this neglect too sanitation and hygiene. Our society and the


              government need to take special action on this subject to spread


              awareness and cultural change, abolish manual scavenging, increase


              budgetary allocations and utilization and recognize Right to


              Sanitation as a fundamental constitutional right for all citizens.



                Your participation and solidarity in the Launch of the campaign and


                its follow up activities is important to strengthen the cause of the


                Right To Sanitation, especially for the marginalized and excluded


                communities in India.



                  Looking forward to your participation in the launch event on 19 March


                  2013. A tentative program schedule is given below.



                    In solidarity,





                          Rajni Tilak


                          On behalf of


                          Delhi Campaign Launch Convening Team





                                Schedule of launch programme for



                                  India Launch of Campaign on Right To Sanitation



                                    10.30 AM – 11.00 AM Registration and Welcome songs



                                      11.00 AM – 11.15AM Welcome and introduction to the launch programme



                                        11.15AM – 11. 30 AM Introduction to the campaign : Purpose,


                                        strategies, targets, expected results, key demands


                                          11.15 AM– 11.45AM Sharing by

                                    Community Leaders

                                        on the situation



                                          11.45AM — 12.15PM Comments by social organizations on the situation



                                              12.15PM — 12.30PM Messages of



                                            12.30PM – 1.00 PM Addresses by Chief Guest and Experts,



                                              1.00PM –1.10 PM Signatures for the launch



                                                1.10PM – 2.00PM Lunch Break



                                                  2.00PM – 2.45PM Future suggested action for the campaign : group of


                                                  community leaders, experts and activists



                                                    2.45PM – 3.00PM Conclusive Remarks : DCCT



                                                        3.00 PM– 4.00

                                                  PM Press




                                                        4.00 PM Tea and Departure












                                                                          Rajni Tilak


                                                                          National Convener


                                                                          Rashtiya Dalit Mahila Andolan


                                                                          M-3/22, Model Town-III, Delhi 110009 INDIA


                                                                          Telephone: +91-11-27419002 Fax: +91-11-27442744