International Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated every May 28th with the aim of raising awareness on menstrual hygiene and combating taboo issues on menstruation.
Myths, stigma and poverty prevent women and girls of reproductive age to miss school and work every month. The theme of Menstrual Hygiene Day 2019 is It’s Time for Action.
International MH Day was initiated by WASH – a German non-profit company. Last year, the global event achieved the following:
- 503 events in 71 countries (up from 350 MH activities in 54 countries in 2017 and 180 activities in 34 countries in 2016), including educational events in schools, community rallies and concerts to raise awareness, advocacy workshops with governments, product donations and many more.
- More than 650 articles and reports in key international and national online media and TV
- More than 45,000 contributions and more than 700,000 interactions on social media
- More than 130 million people reached with positive messaging about menstruation and MHM.
Here are some of the MH Day events happening across Kenya on 28th May that you and your teen and tween girls and boys can take part in.
- Menstrual Hygiene Education and distribution of reusable sanitary pads at Pandpieri Primary School in Kisumu at 2 pm
- It’s Time for Action – Kipasi Secondary School
- Break the Bloody Taboos – Mathare 4A AT 10:00
- Gift A Pad – Kirinyaga County – 14:00
- Mlango Kubwa – Mathare Area, 8 am – 12 pm. Donations of sanitary towels, panties, soap or boxers will go a long way in helping the community.