May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day); a day dedicated to bringing awareness around the vital role that good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in empowering women and adolescent girls worldwide to become all that they can be. The vision behind MH Day is a world in which every woman and girl is able to manage her menstruation in a hygienic way- in safety, privacy, and with dignity- wherever they are.
MH Day is powered by more than 530 organizations from all around the world across a wide range of sectors united by the commitment to accelerate progress on Menstrual Hygiene Management.
Menstrual Hygiene is vital to the empowerment and well-being of women and girls worldwide. It is about more than just access to sanitary pads and appropriate toilets – though those are important. It is also about ensuring women and girls live in an environment that values and supports their ability to manage their menstruation with dignity.
Globally, at least 500 million women and girls lack proper access to menstrual hygiene facilities. Several factors influence difficult experiences with menstruation, including inadequate facilities and materials, menstrual pain, fear of disclosure, and inadequate knowledge about the menstrual cycle (World Bank 2018).
DOVENET commemorated the World Menstrual Hygiene Day on the 28th of May 2019. To break taboos surrounding menstruation, DOVENET raised awareness of the importance of a good menstrual hygiene management worldwide.
In line with this DOVENET embarked on her journey to Afikpo South local government area of Ebonyi state Nigeria to sensitize the female children of Ebunwana Secondary School, Ebunwana Edda on the need to maintain a healthy menstrual hygiene so as to avoid genital complications. DOVENET also sensitized them on how to use and dispose properly the sanitary pads and methods to apply to prevent infections. Sanitary pads were distributed to all the girls and female of the school.