The importance of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is mostly neglected. Menstrual hygiene is a taboo subject; a topic that many women are uncomfortable discussing in public.Girls and women continue to face significant challenges in managing menstruation - in a safe and hygienic manner because of low levels of awareness about menstruation and menstrual hygiene, lack of access to safe products, and lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. Underlying this are widely held beliefs that consider menstruation to be polluting and menstruating girls and women as impure.
88% women in India do not have access to safe menstrual absorbents to manage their periods.
70% of the mothers consider menstruation dirty
- Girls are absent for 20% of the school year due to menstruation, which is the second major reason after household work, for girls to miss school.
Every year, the world observes 28th May as Menstrual Hygiene Day
globally to call attention to and normalise menstruation. This year, WaterAid India along with other development partners, stakeholders, government and celebrities is planning a Thunderclap to advocate for better menstrual hygiene.
We will use Thunderclap to communicate the importance of addressing taboos and to advocate to the following to:
• Government – to formulate responsive policy and programmes that include communication on addressing taboos and restrictions in addition to promoting menstrual hygiene
• Donors – to support implementation of comprehensive programmes and scaling up impactful programmes on menstrual hygiene that challenge and overcome menstrual taboos and restrictions
• Menstruation Product Makers – to incorporate key messaging alongside product promotion that focus on addressing taboos and restrictions around menstruation
Let us rise together for better menstrual hygiene management.