Poor menstrual hygiene caused by a lack of education on the issue, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermines the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls around the world. As a result, millions of women and girls are kept from reaching their full potential.
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.
MH Day has grown tremendously since its first celebration in 2014. MH Day:
- breaks the silence, raises awareness and changes negative social norms around MHM, and
- engages decision-makers to increase the political priority and catalyse action for MHM, at global, national and local levels.
CSW64 – Statement by Menstrual Health & Hygiene Collective
On the occasion of the Commission of the Status of Women and the 25-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the Global Menstrual Health & Hygiene Collective has issued the following statement to call for greater attention and improved investment for menstrual health to achieve gender equality. The statement has been endorsed by 34 organisations across the world.