International Menstrual Hygiene Day

        Every May 28, the international community commemorates a day dedicated to menstrual hygiene.⁣

       UNICEF estimates that in Africa, 66% of girls do not have good information on menstruation before being confronted with their first period, which makes the experience negative, and sometimes traumatic. The same source indicates that on the African continent, one in ten girls of school age misses regular school during her period.⁣

        Let’s break the silence! The establishment of World Menstrual Hygiene Day goes back to 2014. Its purpose is to break the silence and disseminate information to allow communities, especially in education, to communicate and discuss improvements of menstrual hygiene.⁣

       Today also aims to challenge decision-makers to improve health infrastructures in the school environment and increase girls’ school attendance, participation, and retention, especially during their period. The choice of the day, 28, was made for the average length of a menstrual cycle. May is also the 5th month of the year, which coincides with the average number of days for menstruation.⁣

       In the time of the #COVID19 pandemic, human rights should be respected and protected during the lockdown period. Let’s call out governments to elaborate a more gender-responsive sexual and reproductive health services as part of the #COVID19 response. ⁣

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