WHAT IS MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY ?
Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global advocacy platform that brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for all women and girls.
A German non-profit organization known as WASH United in 2013 initiated and became the global coordinator of Menstrual Hygiene Day.
Since it’s first celebration in 2014. Menstrual Hygiene Day has grown tremendously.
WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT TO INITIATE THE MOVE?
Poor menstrual hygiene caused by lack of education on the issue, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure such as private toilets and hand washing facilities undermines the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls around the world. As a result, millions of women and girls are kept from reaching their full potential.
MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY SPECIFICALLY
- Breaks the silence, raises awareness and changes negative social norms around menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
- Engages decision-makers to increase the political priority and catalyze action for menstrual hygiene management (MHM), at global, national and local levels.
THEME FOR 2020
Yearly a theme is rolled out to mark the day.
For 2020, the theme is; It’s Time For Action.
Basically, this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day recognizes that periods do not stop for pandemics and will continue to drive home the idea; It’s Time for Action. This theme highlights the urgency for the collective effort needed to both change the negative social norms surrounding menstruation and catalyze progress toward empowering women and girls to unlock their educational and economic opportunities as well as to ensure that every woman and girl has access to the menstrual products of her choice.
HOW SHOULD THE DAY BE CELEBRATED
- SPREAD AWARENESS.
One basic fact remains that Education is key to ensuring women and girls have proper access to basic sanitation, and that starts with you and those around you. So break down social barriers by showing your support on social media using the hashtag #ItsTimeforAction #MenstruationMatters #MHDay #MenstrualHygieneDay #Periods
Talk to friends and family about the cause — what menstruation really is (a surprising number of people don’t know how the menstrual cycle works), as well as the lack of access women around the world have, and how the average person can get involved.
- SUPPORT WITH MENSTRUAL PRODUCT.
There are countless nonprofits and NGOs making a difference in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) field. Locate one around you and support. You can even support girls around you by giving sanitary pads.
JUST PAD A GIRL INITIATIVE
In line with how to celebrate the day, Just Pad A Girl Initiative is reaching girls in three locations (Iriebe Town, Rivers State , Ojoto Uno and Ojoto Obofia, Anambra State) through the support of networks, friends, colleagues and immediate family of the project convener, Muoghalu Ebere Favour. Details on distribution will be provided soon.
OTHER EVENTS : 28 DAYS A GIRL
Just Pad A Girl also supports at least one girl with sanitary pad on the 28 of every month. This life long project ; 28 Days A Girl was initiated on the 28th of September, 2019