World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018: Why do we celebrate it?

All you need to understand about this day!


World Menstrual Hygiene Day is being celebrated for the fourth year now on May 28, with more than 400 partner-organizations working towards creating awareness of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) as a part of the initiative by WASH United (water, sanitation, hygiene). Menstruation Hygiene is one of the biggest problems women face across the world. Lack of education, poverty, lack of awareness are various reasons behind poor hygiene during menstruation.

In recent years, there has been an active effort by individuals and organizations to promote awareness regarding menstrual hygiene through building toilets, providing low-cost sanitary pads and appropriate disposal facilities to women who previously did not have access to them. For example, state government of Kerala, Chattisgarh, Odisha, etc., provide free sanitary napkins to government schools in a bid to prevent girls from missing school on account of menstruation.  Thanks to Akshay Kumar for doing a movie like (Padman)  based on menstrual hygiene on a global platform.

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Studies UNICEF show that 28 per cent of female students do not attend school when on their period due to the unavailability of hygienic absorbent materials. Initiatives like the celebration of the World Menstrual Hygiene Day is making a definitive step towards bringing such issues into mainstream spotlight.

Here, are various ways how can you celebrate this day!

1. Spread awareness: Education is key to ensuring women and girls have proper access to basic sanitation, and that starts with you and those around you. Make people aware how important menstruation Hygiene is. You cannot compromise with it.

2. Attend local events or host of your own: Menstrual Hygiene events are taking place in a number of big cities on May 28. There are a lot of gatherings that will include storytelling, discussions and service opportunities.

3. Break the stereotypes: Bundle of stereotypes has been attached to menstruation. It’s a natural process every women go through. So, it’s really important to break the stereotypes and treat a woman equally.

4. Donate to lot of menstrual hygiene groups: There are countless nonprofits and NGOs making a difference in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) field. There are lot of organization and NGO’s working on menstruation Hygiene, so you can join them too.

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