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.
*We recognise that not everyone who menstruates identifies as a woman and that not all women menstruate
Join the global day of action
If we’re going to succeed in collectively creating a world where periods are a normal fact of life by 2030, commitment to both action and funding must remain high on the menstrual health and hygiene agenda. That’s why #WeAreCommitted will continue to be the overarching theme and hashtag of the 2023 campaign.
This year, we’ve introduced a new approach to our campaign materials focusing on flexibility. As well as providing ready-to-use materials, we’ve developed a set of over 50 icons, a whole new range of bracelets and a sticker-style logo that you can mix, match and combine to create your own MH Day materials. And, to better represent menstruation, we are using a bright and bold shade of blood red across our digital channels, in our materials and in our new logo.
Join us on 28 May. Let’s have a loud and powerful Menstrual Hygiene Day together!
Add your voice to the MH Day campaign using the Menstruation Bracelet
By wearing the bracelet, you’ll show that periods are nothing to hide, start conversations about menstruation and help push back taboos and stigma, one bracelet at a time.
Adding your voice to this campaign couldn’t be easier! All you need to do is share a photo of yourself online featuring a digital menstruation bracelet.
New MH Day logo
Use it like a sticker
Our new sticker-style logo is perfect to add to your own content. It’s easy to integrate to your campaigning materials and shows your support for the MH Day movement. Add it to photos, social media posts, presentations and much more.
Mix, match and combine
MH Day 2023 campaign materials
Whether you prefer ready-to-use motifs or creating your own MH Day content, this year’s materials have everything you need for your campaigning!
If you’re short of time our ready-to-use motifs are perfect for you. Alternatively, you can create your own content and add a variety of elements that we have to offer. Choose from our sticker-style MH Day logo, over 50 illustrated icons or the updated Menstruation Bracelet, all of them can be easily added to your campaign content.
Are you a journalist?
The Media Resources page has key information for journalists, including the 5 most important things to know about MH Day 2023 and much more. In addition, our experts are available for quotes, comments and interviews and we can put you in touch with our partners, if you need in-depth regional information.
2022 Impact Report
Packed full of data, campaign examples and insights
Collectively, we reached an incredible 687 million people through Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022! Together, our movement broke all previous MH Day records pushing back societal taboos and stigma and increasing the political relevance of the issue like never before! Find out how our movement achieved all of this and much more by reading the Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022 Impact Report.
A strong partnership
Menstrual Hygiene Day is powered by more than 910 partner organisations that drive advocacy and action for menstrual health and hygiene all around the world.
We thank the following partners and supporters for helping to make Menstrual Hygiene Day happen
Find out more about MHM and MH Day
About Menstrual Hygiene Day
Menstrual Hygiene Day brings together non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector, and the media to catalyse advocacy and action. Together, we’re creating a world where no one is held back because they menstruate by 2030.
The MH Day partnership
Menstrual Hygiene Day is powered by more than 910 organisations from all around the world across a wide range of sectors. We are united by our joint commitment to accelerate progress on menstrual health and hygiene.
Menstruation and Sustainable Development Goals
While there is no specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) goal or indicator on menstrual hygiene management (MHM), this infographic shows how MHM is relevant to different SDGs. Use and share this infographic to advocate for more attention to MHM.
Menstruation and human rights
“Understanding menstrual hygiene management and human rights” is a practictioner’s guide on the connection between menstrual hygiene management and human rights by Human Rights Watch and WASH United.
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