May 28th marked the fourth celebration of World Menstrual Hygiene Day initiated by the WASH United in 2014. World Menstrual Hygiene Day aims to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene management by bringing together various non-profits, government agencies, private sector companies, the media, and private individuals. Over 300 events celebrated menstruation across the globe under the theme of #NoMoreLimits.
Gobabi’s Venture Into Safe Menstrual Health (Namibia)
For the first time in the history of the country, Namibia joined the world in commemorating World Menstruation Day in collaboration with the United Nations. In areas in Namibia, menstruation remains a taboo and menstrual hygiene is often neglected leading to the use of unsanitary products during their period. The event was themed ‘Empowering women and girls through excellent and safe menstrual health and hygiene’, and initiated the development of policies and programmes to eliminate the social, economic and cultural barriers around menstrual health and hygiene management, and promote sanitary alternatives and knowledge.
Breaking the Taboo in Bhubaneswar (India)
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) collaborated with UNFPA India under the Socially Smart initiative and organised a workshop to educate adolescent women about menstrual health and hygiene. The workshop focused on encouraging these women to be safe and healthy, while further becoming agents of change by sharing their knowledge. The workshop was conducted by Reetanjali Mishra, O&G specialist from Unit IV Govt. Hospital and the Secretary of Indian Medical Association, State Women’s Wing who passionately urged the girls to shun any apprehension about the topic. Participants returned home with a special Menstruation Hygiene Kit comprising a poster and brochure describing menstruation health and hygiene, a sanitary towel, sanitary napkin and a bottle of liquid sanitary wash.
Charity Brunch Challenging Period Poverty in London (UK)
Hosting a charity brunch at The Book Club, The Bloody Big Brunch collaborated with Hey Girls, a buy-one-give-one sanitary towel social enterprise that helps girls and young women from low-income families by giving away a box of towels for free for every box sold. All proceed from bar-sales went towards the cause of Period Poverty in the UK, where 1 in 10 women cannot afford sanitary protection. The charitable brunch was an afternoon of music, storytelling and talks from organisers and campaigners that stand up against period poverty.
New Delhi Pushes the Boundaries On the MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management) Dialogue 2018 (India)
The second MHM Dialogue was held in New Delhi at the India Habitat Centre. The conference had panels between the most dignified people from institutions like WASH, Dasra, WaterAid India, Reader’s Digest, and Eco Femme amongst many others. Topics of discussion included, ‘What Girls & Women Want’, ‘Broadening Horizon: Involving Boys & Men’, ‘Spotlight on Hygiene in MHM’, and ‘Leave No One Behind’. Representatives from GiveHer5 were thrilled to attend this conference and found their horizons broadening. We will be exploring these topics on the GiveHer5 blog over the next few weeks.
Fundraising on Fire at the GiveHer5 Soirée in Mumbai (India)
The gathering was hosted at Bandra’s Herringbone and Sui on World Menstruation Hygiene Day. The invitees were constant supporters of GiveHer5 and furthered their commitment to GiveHer5 with the launch of the Fundraiser feature on the website. Promptly setting up fundraisers at the event itself, individuals have already raised upwards of Rs. 8,00,000 in 7 days – that is over 4000 women helped!
The world is talking about menstruation, but not nearly enough. Lack of menstrual hygiene, knowledge about menstruation and period poverty are the harsh reality of the world, but one period-safe woman at a time, and we’ll get there!