Menstrual Hygiene is fundamental to many aspects of development, including education, economy, health, human rights. The.28th of May is Menstrual Hygiene Day.
At any moment in time, 445 million girls and women are menstruating. Yet, millions of woman and girls do not have access to knowledge or resources to manage their menses safely, comfortably and with dignity. Instead, they are confronted with misinformation and stigma that can restrict them from participating in everyday activities, including education, work and social events.
A group of organizations will use the occasion of Menstrual Hygiene Day to raise awareness of the issue and understand the stigma and shame of menstruation, throughout the month of May and specifically on the 28th. I had the honor to speak on Menstrual Hygiene Day hosted by Huru& NFCC International. We held an interactive workshop on Why #menstruationmatters in Sustainable Development and explored the myth vs. facts around menstruation and discuss global taboos.
I spoke on Ensuring Health & Nutrition on behalf of Girls Health Ed. Other topics included:
- Strengthening the Economy: Huru International
- Advancing Education: Stand4Education
- Protecting the Environment: Water Trust
- Realizing Human Rights: International Rescue Committee
- Disaster Relief & Post-Conflict Settings: NFCC International
- Changing Attitudes: Save The Children & Party With Consent
For more facts on: http://menstrualhygieneday.org/facts-about-menstrual-hygiene.
Celebrate the women in your life!