New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Every year on May 28 we observe Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) to highlight the importance of menstrual hygiene. The program was initiated back in 2014 by a German-based NGO WASH United and aims to benefit women and girls across the world. The day was specially chosen to acknowledge the average length of the menstrual cycle.

History

In 2012, several important groups who were involved in public health began to raise their voice of menstruation health management and turn their attention globally. A year later, WASH united used a 28-day social media campaign to raise awareness about menstruation. On May 28, many people across the world celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day or the first time by conducting rallies, workshops, speeches, exhibitions, and movie screenings.

Importance and Significance

This day offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management into local, national, and global programs. Numerous research has found that not having access to menstrual hygeine management products can affect education among girls by keeping them at home during their period every month.

Menstrual hygiene management can be challenging for both women and girls in developing countries where clean water and toilet facilities are inadequate.

Besides this, traditional culture makes it difficult to discuss menstruation publicly. It limits access to relevant and important information about their normal body functions among women and adolescent girls. This directly affects their education, health, and dignity.

In low-income countries, the choice of menstrual hygiene materials is often limited by availability, costs, and social norms. Access to feminine hygeine products and proper sanitation facilities is one part of the solution.

Objectives

The main objective of Menstrual hygeine Day is to serve a platform to bring together individuals, businesses, organisations, and media to create a united and strong voice for women and girls globally and help break the silence about menstrual hygeine management.

Posted By: James Kuanal