About MH Day
Menstrual Hygiene Day:
Making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030
Today, millions of women and girls* around the world are stigmatised, excluded and discriminated against simply because they menstruate.
It’s not acceptable that because of a natural bodily function women and girls continue to be prevented from getting an education, earning an income and fully and equally participating in everyday life.
While Menstrual Hygiene Day is on 28 May, our team and our partners work all year round to:
- Break the taboos and end the stigma surrounding menstruation
- Raise awareness about the challenges regarding access to menstrual products, education about menstruation and period-friendly sanitation facilities
- Mobilise the funding required for action at scale
All of this contributes to our overarching goal: to build a world where no one is held back because they menstruate by 2030.
Join the global day of action.
*We recognise that not everyone who menstruates identifies as a woman and that not all women menstruate
MH Day 28 May 2022
For the last three years, the MH Day movement has been calling for more action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene using the hashtag #ItsTimeForAction as a rallying cry.
To catalyse progress, we are now shifting from calling for action to leading by example by committing to action. Using the hashtag #WeAreCommitted, organisations all over the world will start to publicly announce what they are committed to contribute to create a world where no one is held back because they menstruate by 2030. By making public commitments, we will increase transparency, provide a basis for accountability and encourage others to follow our example.
MH Day 2022 campaign video
Watch, like, share 2022 campaign video
All over the world, red is the colour of so many things we love. And there’s one red that’s part of a cycle without which none of us would even exist. But that red is still a source of exclusion, stigma and shame. That red is menstruation. It’s time to create a world where no one is held back just because they menstruate. #WeAreCommitted to end period stigma. Are you?
Five most important things about MH Day
If you are a journalist, here are the five most important things you absolutely need to know about Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022.
MH Day 2022 campaign materials
Get your campaign materials now
Check out our brand-new campaign materials on a wide range of topics, from education about menstruation, period stigma, access to products to our vision for 2030. The set includes materials for social media campaigning and for in-person MH Day events. Materials for social media come in versions with headlines and without where you can include own messaging. Materials for in-person MH Day activities include posters, event banners and templates for speech-bubbles.
NEW: MH Day Action Cycle
Help catalyse action and investment in MHH!
The MH Day Action Cycle is a new recurring commitment and accountability mechanism designed to catalyse action and investment in MHH, coordinated by the MH Day International Secretariat. Are you committed to help accelerate progress towards a world where no one is held back because they menstruate? Lead by example and submit a commitment!
The Menstruation Bracelet
Use the digital menstruation bracelet to make a statement against period stigma
The Menstruation Bracelet is a simple yet powerful symbol for menstruation. The free digital bracelet is the easiest option to add your voice to the campaign. By including it in your social media images, you can show that periods are nothing to hide and help tackle period stigma, one post at a time. The bracelet is available as static or animated cut-out in a variety of colours and shapes. As well as the traditional circle shape which you can place around your wrist, you can find it in heart, star, moon-shapes and much more.
MH Day 2022 campaign logo
New campaign logo for Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022
We’ve updated the campaign logo to include the new 2022 Menstruation Bracelet design! It’s ready for you to download today.
MH Day events
Submit and browse MH Day 2022 events
Planning an event for Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022? Add to the official event listing so that other organisations, individuals, and the media can find out about it and connect with you. Browse the events to find out what else happening on and around 28 May in your local area and around the world.
MH DAY 2021 results
In total, MH Day 2021 reached a record-breaking 566 million people with positive stigma-busting messaging.
We haven’t allowed COVID-19 to stop our movement. On the contrary: together, we have made MH Day 2021 bigger, better, stronger, and more impactful than ever!
Now we’re ready to make the next step. Starting in 2022, we will focus on translating increased attention for MHH into measurable action and investment! Together, we can create a world where no woman or girl is held back because of her period.
A strong partnership:
MH Day is powered by more than 800 MH Day partner organizations who drive advocacy and action for MHM all around the world.
We thank the following key partners and supporters for helping to make MH Day happen:
Find out more about MHM and MH Day
Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global platform that brings together non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to catalyze advocacy and action towards a world where no one is held back because they menstruate by 2030.
Menstruation matters to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While there is no specific SDG goal or indicator on MHM, this infographic shows how MHM is relevant to different SDGs. Use and share this infographic to advocate for more attention to MHM.
MHM and human rights
“Understanding menstrual hygiene management and human rights” is a practictioner’s guide on the interlinkages between MHM and human rights by Human Rights Watch and WASH United.
The latest on MHH
News, event announcements, new reports and much more…
We’ve partnered with Days for Girls and Irise Institute East Africa (IIEA) to bring you a series of easy-to-use summaries of the MHH context for several eastern and southern African countries. The snapshots are an outcome of a webinar series hosted by Days for Girls...
Menstruation is as normal as breathing. Yet around the world the issue continues to be neglected at all levels, resulting in persisting taboos and stigma and lack of access to information about menstruation, period products and adequate infrastructure. The negative...
With the report “Menstruation im Fokus”, Plan International Germany and WASH United are publishing the first representative data on the state of menstruation in Germany. What we found is shocking.🩸 More than one fifth of survey participants had no idea what happened...
Addressing the menstruation-related challenges of women and girls This joint paper by WASH United and Kaerney provides insights into the menstruation-related challenges. The research reveals that the challenges create a lose-lose situation for individuals but also for...
Campaigners in Ghana have been advocating for the removal of taxes on menstrual products. While government representative has spoken in favour of removing the tax, it remains and currently stands at 12,5% VAT, and 20% for import tax. Ghana’s latest population census...
An exciting new partnership has launched between The Case for Her, Lightful and WASH United, to increase the digital fundraising and advocacy skills of grassroots organizations working in menstrual health and hygiene (MHH). Millions of women and girls* face...