Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrated on the 28 of May every year highlight the importance of menstrual care for women and girls, and raise awareness about the issues faced by those who don’t have access to sanitary products.
Since its first celebration in 2014, the day places a demand on nonprofits, government agencies, the private sector, the media, and individuals come together to advocate for the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM). Over 800 million women and girls menstruate every day, yet across the globe they face barriers to properly managing their periods.
The social stigmas and taboos surrounding menstruation often have negative impact on women and girls. Also, lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, lack of sanitation infrastructure such as private toilets and handwashing facilities, and lack of menstrual hygiene education can prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential in the classroom, in the workplace, and at home.
Just Pad A Girl Initiative work in the menstrual hygiene field includes menstrual hygiene education, provision of sanitary pads and advocating for public- private mix for investment in menstrual hygiene management and the stigma associated with menstruation. The provision of adequate and safe sanitation can promote equity and opportunity, which, in turn, contributes to the erosion of long-standing discrimination and societal norms that reinforce traditional roles, prejudices, and expectations.
Following the theme for MH Day 2021; “Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health”, Just Pad A Girl Initiative is partnering with Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Anambra State and Nigerian Students Association to provide 1000 sanitary pads to school girls at Community Secondary School, Urum and Osuaniocha, Awka North.