#EndtheStigma- World Menstrual Hygiene Day
For many adolescent girls in Nigeria, they are faced with many challenges which affect their ability to manage their menstruation in a dignified and hygienic way.
Lack of preparation, knowledge and poor hygienic practices during menstruation has presents negative impacts on girls’ self-esteem and personal development. It also affects their education – as they often miss school because of shame or lack of adequate facilities to manage their menstrual period. Also, there are gaps in knowledge, information, and practices of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).
Thus, there is need to increase awareness amongst men, women, boys, and girls on MHM as well create a space to talk about the issue and provision of adequate water, privacy, and facilities for washing and disposal.
Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global advocacy platform that brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for all women and girls. More specifically, MH Day:
Will you join us this day to call for increase investment in girls access to sanitary products, safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them, and the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma?
It is time to challenge the stereotypes, the stigma and taboos surrounding menstruation. Every girl has a right to manage her period safely and with dignity.
What was your first menstrual experience like? Share with us using the hashtag #MyFirstPeriod and break the stigma.