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
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
The latest on MHH
News, event announcements, new reports and much more…
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Status of menstruation in Germany
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Kaerney & WASH United report (2020)
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...
Period Tax – collective action to end period taxes in Ghana
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Partnering Up to Change Perceptions on Menstrual Health
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