About Menstrual Hygiene Day

About MH Day

Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global platform that brings together non-profits, government agencies, the private sector, the media and individuals to promote Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).

MH Day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges, including through media work.

It catalyses a growing, global movement for MHM and supports partnerships at global, regional, national and local level. MH Day also creates opportunities for advocacy for the integration of MHM into global, national and local policies, programmes and projects.

WASH United is the initiator of MH Day in 2013 and acts as its International Secretariat. As the International Secretariat, WASH United coordinates MH Day and manages the MH Day Alliance of more than 410 partner organisations.

 

On 28 May 2014, MH Day was celebrated for the first time.

VISION

To create a world in which every woman and girl can manage her menstruation in a hygienic way – wherever she is – in privacy, safety and with dignity.

MISSION

Menstrual Hygiene Day will help to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.

PARTNERSHIP

Menstrual Hygiene Day is a global platform for partners across all sectors to engage in action, advocacy and knowledge-sharing around menstrual hygiene management.

Results

2017 was the biggest MH Day event so far:

 

  • 350 events in 54 countries (up from 180 events in 34 countries in 2016), including educational events in schools, community rallies, concerts to raise awareness, advocacy workshops with governments, product donations and many more. India with 67 events was the most active country this year.
  • Significant online media coverage, including key international (Huffington Post, Guardian, El Pais, Metro, Glamour, etc) and Indian (Times of India, NDTV online, Hindustan Times, DNA, etc.) media.
  • Significant growth of our digital campaigning: before MH Day 2017, we had a total of 19,000 followers across channels. Now we have 186,000.
  • Digital content developed by MH Day was widely used and shared and generated massive user interactions. The “To bleed without violence” video we created, was shared more than 81,000 times and generated more than 3,800 comments on our facebook site alone.
  • All key development partners working in the field of MHM participated in MH Day (including UNICEF, WaterAid, WSSCC, Global Citizen, USAID, Plan, PATH).

Download the annual reports below. Make sure you check out the wonderful event gallery (2017) and event gallery (2016) respectively.

Testemonials

The National Menstrual Hygiene Day events in Tharaka Nithi County in 2014, Kwale County in 2015 and Kericho County in 2016 were co-organised by the Ministry of Health, County governments and civil society partners. These events really helped to bring together the community, civil society and the Government of Kenya on the issue of MHM and were critical to initiate a joint process of development of a national MHM policy and strategy for Kenya. More and more, the national MH Day events are also contributing to the prioritization of the MHM at the county level, with many counties now advocating for increased resources for MHM.

  • about MH Day 2016
Beverly Mademba

Head of Programmes, WASH United Africa

MH Day helped us to get the most visibility we ever had as an organization. Glamour Magazine called us up to feature our work on MHM. That would never have happened without MH Day!

  • About MH Day 2017
Megha Desai

President, The Desai Foundation

MH Day helped FANSA’s work on MHM in India as FANSA state chapters across India used the opportunity for concerted action to raise awareness of the issue among different sections of the population and also to engage key government decision makers about the need for more action on the issue.

  • About MH Day 2017
Ramisetty Murali

Regional Convenor, Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FAN-SA)