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Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual Hygiene Day was celebrated on 28 May as a neutral platform to raise awareness and promote sanitation and hygiene for women and girls around the globe.
Menstrual Hygiene Day

Dr Dani Barrington's Menstruation Matters motto

Dr Dani Barrington, Research Fellow at Monash University and International WaterCentre, spoke about Menstrual Hygiene Day in an interview in Peppermint.

Menstrual hygiene management has been largely overlooked in the context of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) development initiatives, even though it directly impacts 50% of the world’s population, says Dr Barrington.

In some cultures around the world, menstruation is so taboo that it isn’t talked about within individual families, communities or schools – making it difficult for women to manage their periods, not to mention terrifying for girls experiencing theirs for the first time.

Menstrual Hygiene DayIn many countries an alarming number of girls drop out of school or decrease their attendance substantially once they reach puberty. A major reason for this is often the lack of private, appropriate toilet facilities.

Menstrual Hygiene Day was created 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.

In Australia, Menstrual Hygiene Day focused on bombarding social media in order to ‘Start the Conversation about Menstruation’ to dispel the myths and break the taboo in Australia, and let the Aussie public know what menstruation is like for girls in other parts of the world.

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Images courtesy of Dr Dani Barrington and WASH United


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