Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD) is an annual commemoration that falls on 28 May. The Day brings together people from all walks of life to highlight the importance of good Menstrual Hygiene Management.
In most rural parts of Malawi, girls drop-out of school due to inadequate or lack of sanitation facilities and failure to access menstrual hygiene materials. As YONECO, we have been working tirelessly to ensure that adolescent girls should remain in school by training them to make re-usable sanitary pads using locally available materials.
This year, MHD recognizes that periods do not stop for pandemics and will continue to drive home the idea; ‘It’s Time for Action’. This theme highlights the urgency for the collective work needed to both change the negative social norms surrounding menstruation and also catalyze progress toward empowering women and girls to unlock their educational and economic opportunities.
Did you know: The 28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.