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#MenstruationMatters

Posted: May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today is Menstrual hygiene day – a subject that is not talked about in most cultures and has devastating effects on women of all ages (see below for some of the challenges). To help break the silence, people around the world are standing up to share voice their thoughts and support. Show your support by posting a picture on the Menstration Hygiene Day site.

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People from the Department of Energy and Technology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences voicing their views.

Information below is from http://menstrualhygieneday.org/

The Challenge

  1. In India, 66 % of girls-only schools do not have functioning toilets.
  2. 83% of girls in Burkina Faso and 77% in Niger have no place at school to change their sanitary menstrual materials.
  3. 32.5% of schoolgirls from South Asia had not heard about menstruation prior to menarche and an overwhelming 97.5% did not know that menstrual blood came from the uterus.
  4. In Sierra Leone, girls who are normally active classroom participants sit in the back because they worried about emitting an odor or leaking through their clothes while menstruating.
  5. A study at a school in Uganda found that half of the girl pupils missed 1-3 school days a month, or 8-24 school days a year.
  6. UNESCO estimates that 1 in 10 African girls miss school during menses, eventually leading to a higher school drop out rate.
  7. In Ghana, girls miss up to 5 days a month attributed to inadequate sanitation facilities and the lack of sanitary products at school as well as physical discomfort due to menstruation, such as cramps.

The Good News

  1. A Ghanian study found that girls’ attendance increased substantially after receiving free sanitary pads and puberty education.
  2. Many NGOs & social businesses are making enormous progress on delivering menstrual hygiene education, like designing fun and games-based curricula that engages both boys and girls.

Menstrual Hygiene Day serves as a neutral platform to bring together individuals, organisations, social businesses and the media  to create a united and strong voice for women and girls around the world, helping to break the silence around menstrual hygiene management.

  • Menstrual Hygiene Day will help to address the challenges and hardships many women and girls face during their menstruation, but also to highlight the positive and innovative solutions being taken to address these challenges.
  • The day catalyses a growing, global movement that recognizes and supports girl’s and women’s rights and build partnerships among those partners on national and local level.
  • It is an opportunity to engage in policy dialogue and actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into global, national and local policies, programmes and projects
  • It creates an occasion for media work, including social media.

References: 1. UNICEF Soap Stories, 2012. 2. UNICEF, Menstrual Hygiene in Schools, 2013. 3. Dasgupta &  Sarkar, Menstrual Hygiene: How Hygienic is the Adolescent Girl? 2008. 4. Caruso et al., WASH In Schools Empowers Girls Education in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2013. Report on Rural MHM, 2011. 5. The Netherlands Development Organization/ IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre: Study on menstrual management in Uganda 6. Africanews, Sanitary Towels for Kenyan Teenage Schools Girls,  2011. 7. IBID. 8. Montgomery et al., Sanitary Pad Interventions for Girls’ Education in Ghana, 2012. 9. See www.menstrualhygieneday.org/partner

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