I am sure you are wondering, which day is this again? Trust me when I say that it is a much needed day. Today is a day to remind people that having a menstrual period is not a disgusting, shameful or dirty thing that happens to women/females, it only becomes tricky or tasking for a woman or adolescent girl when the necessary amenities such as good, clean toilets, running water, sanitary products, and the right information are unavailable to maintain good menstrual hygiene management (MHM). By maintaining good hygiene during periods, it reduces the risk of urinary infection among other infections. There are still some adolescent girls and even women who use fabrics and even newspapers as pads/protection, which is a very sad thing, but it is also what some can afford.
Menstrual hygiene day (MHD), is an annual awareness day held every 28th of May. It’s a day that highlights what good menstrual hygiene is about and how to maintain good hygiene. MHD was initiated by a German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 with the aim to benefit all females worldwide.
The management of menstrual hygiene can be said to be when adolescent girls and women use the right materials that are clean during their periods and have the right environment or private space to wash up with clean water and soap, dispose of used products, and also change when needed.
At the moment, there are still a lot of adolescent girls and even women who cannot afford to buy a pack of sanitary/tampons/menstrual cups. Sometimes, due to their environment, have to find alternative methods which may not be hygienic, while some lack awareness and do not realise the consequences attached to using unhygienic materials.
As an Adenofighter, I know the struggles of having a heavy period and getting the right sanitary pads. With heavy flow, you get to use so many pads and have to keep clean. I always look back to my teenage years and thank God for my mother. The money she spent on buying sanitary pads for my heavy flow was crazy, and even now I still have to make a special budget for that every month. So, knowing that there are people who are unable to afford it, breaks my heart.
Today, I ask that we share awareness, not just for today but at every opportunity we get. Remember, monthly periods will not stop, even for a pandemic (covid-19). Help out that adolescent girl or woman with getting clean sanitary pads, menstrual cups or whichever you know would be easy for her. Let the schools also create that atmosphere where girls can reach out for help and also be taught how to keep themselves clean and hygienic through their monthly periods.
I will be doing my bit a step at a time to create as much awareness as I can and also support adolescent girls and women. What will you be doing? Keep your Sparkle glowing as you support one female at a time. HAPPY MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY!
For more information, follow these links- https://www.globalwaters.org/menstrual-hygiene-day