The world today (May 28, 2019) celebrates Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD) 2019, which presents a global platform to all organizations and individuals involved in promoting Menstrual Hygiene Management.
The Menstrual Hygiene Day helps break the awkwardness around menstrual taboos and create more awareness of the role of menstrual hygiene in taking women and girls to their full potential.
The theme for this year’s #MDH2019 is NoMoreLimits – Empowering Women and Girls Through Good Menstrual Hygiene.
The theme directs women and girls across the globe to:
In many countries across the world, menstruation is treated as a taboo and women & girls are forced to practice certain traditions that are unhealthy for their well-being around that time.
Nepal is one such country, where the unethical practice of Chhaupadi puts the risk of a considerable number of women and girls at risk. Women and girls are forced to live outside their houses during their periods.
Mentioned below are some of the health risks associated with poor menstrual hygiene:
MDH was started by a German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and the 28th was selected to acknowledge the average length of the menstrual cycle (28 days).