Feby is proud to be a partner of Menstrual Hygiene Day. 2015 will be the 2nd such day and the same as last year it will take place on May 28. This date was specifically chosen as it represents the average number of days a woman bleeds (5) out of the average length of a cycle (28).
One reason there is the need for such a day is that ensuring good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) can support the fulfillment of some basic human needs and rights. One such right is the fundamental right to human dignity. Many women across the world are denied this right when they are forced into seclusion because they are menstruating or when they must use leaves or dirty rags to manage their menstruation.
Another reason for Menstrual Hygiene Day is to protect the environment. Many disposable products that are used to manage menstruation are harmful to the environment in a multitude of ways. Many tampons and sanitary pads are made using harsh chemicals such as chlorine and dioxin. These ingredients can leach into the groundwater from the landfills where they rest (for as much as hundreds of years before they biodegrade) and this causes pollution and health concerns. If tampons or pads are disposed of incorrectly through sewage systems this can cause a breakdown in said system and can also lead to public health concerns.
Menstrual hygiene is also fundamental to making the economy stronger, ensuring health and well-being of all citizens and advancing education.
All too often girls must also miss school when they are on their periods and this denies them the basic right of education.
Education about the menstrual cycle and how to manage it is the key to overcoming cultural taboos. In doing so we will eventually live in a world where menstruating women are no longer forbidden from doing everything that non-menstruating women and all males can do. Education is only possible when we communicate effectively about the obstacles that many face.
Here at Feby I've long been an advocate of open and honest discussion on all things menstrual. Won't you join me in helping overcome the remaining stigma and shame associated with menstruation? This is as easy to do as honestly discussing your concerns with family, friends, coworkers and the like without the need to whisper and giggle. Men are equally invested in a strong and healthy future for all and will benefit from understanding the facts regarding menstruation instead of turning away and ignoring any potential problems or hazards. Do not be embarrassed of having such discussions when males are also present.
For more information please check out this infograph:
and this video entitled The Monthlies
and visit Menstrual Hygiene Day.org
Peace, love and menstrual empowerment for all!