Menstrual Hygiene Day (#MHDAY) marked on the 28th of May every year, is a global advocacy day which focuses on raising awareness to combat negative perceptions associated with menstrual hygiene with the aim of enabling women and girls to achieve their full potential. Every year a theme is selected to mark the day. For 2019, the theme is – It’s Time for Action.

Menstrual Hygiene Day not only emphasizes the urgency of this public health issue, but also highlights the transformative power of improved menstrual hygiene to unlock economic and educational opportunities for women and girls. This day brings together non-profits, government agencies, the private sector, the media, and individuals to advocate for and promote the importance of good Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).

USAID’s sanitation programs are designed to meet the specific needs of women and girls. Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is a critical aspect of addressing women’s and girls’ empowerment by alleviating a major constraint to their participation in education and public life. USAID’s work in this area includes developing design standards for facilities, creating educational resources, promoting the availability of MHM-related supplies, and destigmatizing menstrual hygiene. The provision of adequate and safe sanitation can promote equity and opportunity, which, in turn, contributes to the establishment of equality, and the erosion of long-standing discrimination and societal norms that reinforce traditional roles, prejudices, and expectations. USAID activities include promoting and providing supplies for MHM in households and schools, and working with host governments to draft national MHM strategies.

To foster contribution to USAID goal on Menstrual Hygiene Management, LadyE with support from social media friends and relations will be having the “JUST PAD A GIRL” event at Girls’ Secondary School, Ojoto, Idemili South LGA, Anambra State. Highlights of the program would include short lecture on menstrual hygiene and distribution of sanitary pads to eligible secondary school girls. Return to this site to read about the success of the event.