Survey Action for Menstrual Hygiene Education

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‘Action for Menstrual Hygiene Education’ is an initiative by Menstrual Hygiene Day to catalyse advocacy, accountability and action on menstrual hygiene education, so that no girl is left behind because of her period.

We want to celebrate the amazing work of participating organisations in educating girls on menstruation. The consolidated number of girls educated on menstrual hygiene around the world will give us insights on the global reach, which we can use to advocate for more investment and action.

Last year, more than 300 organisations participated in the Action for Menstrual Hygiene Education initiative (more see below).

For MH Day 2020, we’re asking organisations to submit the number of girls educated in 2019. Due to the coronavirus crisis we will not be asking for the projected goals for 2020.

If you have participated in 2019, we want to understand if you reached your projected goals because we promised to hold each other accountable.

If you did not participate in 2019, nevertheless submit your achievements from 2019! Your work is relevant and we will include it in the overall reach numbers.

Again, we will highlight the work from participating organisations on our channels!

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If you have any questions, please write to info@menstrualhygieneday.org

THE FIRST EDITION 2019

ACTION FOR MH EDUCATION

In 2018, 310 organizations educated 27.2 million girls across 134 countries. Projections for 2019 are even more exciting: Participating organizations committed to educate a total of 41.4 million girls all over the world. This is a year-to-year increase of 52%!

“Action for Menstrual Hygiene Education” is an initiative by Menstrual Hygiene Day to catalyze advocacy, accountability and action on menstrual hygiene education, so that no girl is left behind because of her period.

Organisations working on education about menstruation and on menstrual hygiene (MH) have been requested to submit the number of girls educated in 2018, as well as projected goals for 2019 (if available).

The results are amazing!

In 2018, 310 organizations educated 27.2 million girls across 134 countries.

Projections for 2019 are even more exciting: participating organizations committed to educate a total of 41.4 million girls all over the world – a year-to-year increase of 52%!

This is significant progress, but more political will and especially much more investment is needed urgently to ensure that all girls have access to basic information about periods and how to manage them.

“Our goal was to create a first rough baseline on menstrual hygiene education,” says Thorsten Kiefer, founder and CEO of WASH United, the non-profit behind Menstrual Hygiene Day. “

The results of the survey now provide us and our partners with powerful new ammunition to advocate for more investment and to hold governments, donors, corporates and non-profits to account for more progress in 2020.” We are convinced that it is possible that by 2030 all girls are educated about periods and menstrual hygiene when they reach puberty. It’s time for action!

Why we focus on menstrual hygiene education

At present, the field of menstrual hygiene education is extremely fragmented. There are no overarching goals or commitments comparable to the SDGs that the entire sector works towards in a coordinated fashion and there is no joint monitoring of progress. This fragmentation of efforts makes it difficult to create the media attention and political will required to secure increased investment and action in the issue.

“Action for Menstrual Hygiene Education” aims to address this challenge.

If you have questions or suggestions, please write to info@menstrualhygieneday.org