WORLD MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY
A COLLABORATION WITH MUSLIMAH MENTORSHIP NETWORK
All over the world Menstrual hygiene day is celebrated on the 28th day of May every year. It is a day to celebrate the female body as well as educate and create awareness on the misconceptions that others may have about menstruation. In some cultures menstruation is considered unclean and embarrassing; segregating women from taking part in some activities during that time of the month. Menstruation is simply a hormonal change in the female body that causes her to shed blood “vaginally” every month. A proper hygienic absorbents or sanitary towels are most important necessity of a girl during this time. Due to poverty among other things; in some parts of the world, some female still uses old rags as menstrual towels during their monthly flow. The use of unhygienic old rags or clothes for more than four hours can lead to cervical and reproductive tract infections. The lack of social awareness on menstrual hygiene and traditional taboos makes some women miss vital commitment to their daily engagement; in rural areas girls miss school and women miss work. To mark the celebration of “MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY 2019” Face of winter Netherlands collaborated with ” MUSLIMAH MENTORSHIP NETWORK” a non profit organisation in Ghana that aimed to educate and provide sanitary towels to adolescent girls with an underprivileged background to provide sanitary towels to about 22 girls for a period of one year in “Bawku” at the Northern part of Ghana. Menstruation is a normal biological process which is an important process in the reproductive health of women. If pregnancy can be a celebratory occasion then why can we not talk about menstruation? Educating men and women on menstruation should be considered an important topic for discussion not just yearly but daily.
Give a girl a chance; it’s time for action!!!