Menstrual Hygiene Day

The 28th of May is Menstrual Hygiene Day a celebration aimed at raising awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges, including through media work. It catalyzes a growing, global movement for MHM and supports partnerships at global, regional, national and local level. [1]

Is estimated that 24 million people have no access to improved sanitation facilities. The lack of access to facilities, or inadequate facilities that do not ensure privacy and hygiene, particularly affect women and girls.

In a study from Bambui, 51% of girls reported missing school during their menstruation. They report being in pain and lack of access to toilets as the major factors stopping them from going to school in these days.

If women and girls lack access to affordable, hygienic menstrual products, they often use old rags, cloths or other unhygienic materials. This can lead to reproductive tract infections (RTIs) and other health conditions. Taboos and myths related to menstruation often portray women and girls as inferior to men and boys.

 

Reignite initiatives promotes:

  • Well being for all ages;
  • Inclusive and equitable quality education and learning opportunities for all;
  • Gender equality and women and girls empowerment;
  • Available and sustainable water & sanitation for all;
  • Every year we join the World Menstrual Day and support small initiatives bringing girls together talking about the challenges they are facing and promote debate new ways to overcome the actual situation.

 


Project Details

Head of Programme: Mariana Matoso
Project Team Leader: Teresa de Sousa
Project Assistant: Brenda Bih
Volunteer: Eveline
Photographer: Fernando Matoso
Applicant: Reignite Action for Development
Local Partners: Bambui Youths Organisation
Other Partners: Bambui Women Cultural and Development Association
Estimated Cost: £500
Other Funds: Private donors
Progress: Completed
Timeline: Yearly

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