Menstrual Hygiene Day
A shockingly large proportion of world’s women consider the few days each month when they experience their menses a time of shame.
Menstruation is a natural process where blood that was created by the body in order to cushion an egg is flushed out of the body. It is a common action that millions of women around the globe experience and we want to end any stigmas associated with it.
Surely, it is right to celebrate the body’s ability to create children.
The NGO WASH United, a German-based organization, created Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Day in 2014. With the support of more than 270 partners around the world, the day was established to normalize menstruation and highlight the importance of hygiene.
It is interesting that May 28th was chosen because it is the 5th month in the year. Most women have their period for five days and then their cycle lasts 28 days. In this way, 28th May is symbolic.
Today’s awareness campaign aims to raise awareness about the rights of women around the globe to access menstrual hygiene. It is a fundamental human right for women to have the right to collect their blood, and to have this material be changed privately.
The organizers of this event also claim that proper washing facilities are provided to women and that young women have been given appropriate educational materials about the changes that will take place in their bodies.
This day is about acknowledging that menstruation is an inevitable part of our biology. It aims to end any stigmatization and teach girls that it’s normal and not to be ashamed.
Some parts of the world view the act of having a menstrual period as a matter of shame. To help schools get the correct information and make sure that women receive the support they need, you can donate to charities.
Maybe today is the right day to write your MP about the Tampon Tax, or perhaps you could look at the fascinating history behind menstrual health.
On this day, make sure that you get involved in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #mensturalhygieneday!