Menstrual Hygiene Day (also known as MHD, MH Day, or Menstrual Health Day) is an annual awareness day on May 28

Purpose : Highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM).

Significance : To break taboos surrounding menstruation, raise awareness of the importance of good menstrual hygiene management worldwide.

Initiated by :  German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 ( aims to benefit women and girls worldwide )

Why 28th ??

  • May is the 5th month of the year and women menstruate an average of 5 days every month.
  • 28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.

2018 campaign hashtag :  #NoMoreLimits

MH Day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges, including through media work.

In low-income countries, girls’ choices of menstrual hygiene materials are often limited by the costs, availability and social norms.

Adequate sanitation facilities and access to menstrual hygiene products are one part of the solution.

Creating a culture that welcomes discussion and makes adequate education for girls is of equal importance.

Research has found that not having access to menstrual hygiene management products can keep girls home from school during their period each month.

Menstrual Hygiene Day creates an occasion for publicizing information in the media, including social media.

Public information campaigns can help to engage decision-makers in policy dialogue.

The day offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into global, national and local policies and programmes.

 

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