May 28 is the world Menstrual Hygiene Day. 2014 will be the first time the world celebrates this very important day.
By the way, did you know that half of the people on the planet are female, most of who begin their cycles between 9-17 years of age? Menstruation is a natural process that is part of nearly every girl’s and woman’s life, but this natural process is still treated as a taboo in countless cultures and societies across the globe Kenya included.
In Bangladesh for example, when a woman menstruate, she is not allowed to prepare food or to work in the rice fields. Sharing a bed with her partner, praying or reading the Koran is also prohibited during this period.
The taboo in India is just the one! Ati if a woman or a girl touches a cow when she is menstruating, the cow will become infertile!
Most of the time in Kenya you are told that when your hair is plaited by a woman who is menstruating, you will either lose your hairline or your hair will simply drop off! Ha ha ha lies!!!
Menstrual Hygiene Day offers the opportunity to create awareness of the right of women and girls to hygienically manage their menstruation – in privacy, safety and with dignity – where ever they are.
28th May was carefully selected to celebrate this day as May is the 5th month of the year, representing 5 days, or the average number of days (between 2-7) a woman or girl spends menstruating each month. And, 28 represent the average number of days in a menstrual cycle.
WASH United is the initiator of the Menstrual Hygiene Day. Its goal is to have Menstrual Hygiene Day become an official UN Day by 2020.
To my fellow women all over the Globe have a happy Menstrual Hygiene Day! Let’s celebrate this natural process in a safe and hygienic manner!