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Mutale as a female pit emptier in Zambia is committed to breaking barriers and stigmatization toward the profession.


Samson and Stanley were champions at the Zambia Water Forum and Exhibition Skills Challenge for manual pit emptiers.

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Baljeet, a sanitation worker from India puts on safety gloves to protect himself while servicing sewers.

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Sanitation workers are involved in several steps of the faecal waste management chain, including emptying of pits and septic tanks; cleaning of toilets, sewers and manholes; and operating pumping stations and treatment plants. They provide a fundamental public service, yet often face extreme health hazards and safety risks on the job, as well as social discrimination and stigma.

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