28 May International Menstrual Hygiene Day

28 May is International Menstrual Hygiene Day , the theme for this year is #menstruationmatters. This topic still remains a taboo in most cultures and yet menstruation affects the lives of women and girls every month the world over.UNESCO estimates that 1 in 10 African adolescent girls stay out of school during their menstruation due to lack of proper sanitary products and/or sanitation at aschool. In most countries sanitary products are considered luxury products and are therefore taxed. How do we help empower women when such barriers still exist? Lets break the silence, join in the conversation.

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  • Joy Eze
    @ Teresa Abila. We also should learn to talk to each other and not talking about each other. These women and girls are having problems because they do not trust that person they are telling their story/challenges. Nobody wants to be labeled badly, as this may lead to other challenges in future. Supporting these women should also mean our ability to keep their secret to a high extent only then, they will speak out.
  • Catherine wachu
    The only challenge would be media airtime
  • Catherine wachu
    How well? By educating girls about it, at every chance we get. Media is a tool that we can use
  • Joy Eze
    Women and girls should be mentored on how best to speak out about challenges affecting them badly.
    • Teresa Abila
      The problem is there's usually no one to listen to the girls even if they want to speak out about the issues affecting them.Such girls need support and people to stand in the gap for them,that's why we have to make the world know about this and immediate action taken.
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  • Heanneah .S. Farwenee
    It is so bad that such vital issue are still considered a taboo while it affect many young girls. We must lead the way for this. lets break the silence.
  • Teresa Abila
    This is a sad reality happening in our societies.On the 28th May,if possible peaceful demonstrations and sensitization campaigns be done both online and offline.How possible can we initiate this?
  • Mary Mkoji
    Great discussion Michel.....we really need to publicize this day. I don't know and am just thinking out loud - how can we engage the other champions so that we can bring out more issues on this and draw attention to this, particularly on 28th May?? This is a very big issue particularly in remote, rural areas and for the poor and vulnerable..
  • Stella Bakibinga
    Thanks Michel. To begin with, it is important to make everyone, both male and female understand that this is not a taboo. It is okay for Girls to talk about it and get help whenever necessary because at the end of the day, missing school makes them lag behind. Besides, basic sa´nitary ware should be completely tax exempt. Although I think it is okay to tax the tampons given that the social class that uses them is very comfortable.
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