The Red Wedding (Menstrual Hygiene)
For billions of women and girls worldwide, menstruation is a monthly reality. Yet in many countries, people still face serious challenges when it comes to managing their periods. Myths, exacerbate the difficulties for girls and women across the world. We stand with ladies and young girls in communities in this matter. A shame free society is all we need.
For some, menstruation is only an annoyance to which they pay little attention. For millions of others, however, this most natural of reproductive cycle functions can mean abuse (the onset of menstruation can signal that a girl is ready for marriage and childbearing, even if she is still a child); stigma (banished to menstruation huts; barred from sharing meals); missed opportunity (skipping school due to pain, Period poverty bullying from others, and/or lack of personal hygiene products); and loss of dignity (lack of supplies and sanitation in humanitarian settings where even basics like soap and water can be scarce or unavailable.)
Among the programs to encourage menstruation health and hygiene (The Red Wedding), ACTIVE ME AND YOU provides information, clean sanitary facilities, Fellowships, and dignity kits with basics such as soap, period supplies, and underwear to persons who menstruate. As a result of poverty in Kyotera district and surrounding areas, Active me and you has recently donated thousands of kits in humanitarian situations.
HOW DOES MENSTRUATION AFFECT LIVES?
If not properly managed, menstruation can interrupt daily life. Adolescents especially experience extremely painful periods which can affect their attendance and performance at school. A lack of adequate facilities and materials, restrictions on girls’ movements during their period and feeling ashamed or ‘unclean’ also contribute to girls skipping school.
Taboos, myths and shame surrounding menstruation can lead to teasing, shaming and exclusion from daily activities and have a negative effect on girls’ feelings of dignity.
WHAT IS ACTIVE ME AND YOU DOING TO SUPPORT MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT?
Together with local governments and schools and local leaders we are teaching local community, teachers and volunteers to educate young people about periods and talk about them in a shame-free way.
We also distribute menstrual hygiene materials in schools and teach girls how to manage their periods so they feel confident and stay in school. Stigma and harmful gender norms around menstruation
Menstrual Hygiene Day aims to make menstruation a common occurrence by 2040
Millions of women and girls are stigmatized, alienated, and discriminated against simply because they menstruate today.
The day is marked on May 28th since menstrual cycles last an average of 28 days and people menstruate five days each month. (The fifth month of the year is May.) Its goal is to progress menstruation as a biological occurrence so that women can menstruate without feeling excluded or left out, without fear or shame, and without being treated differently or exposed to higher risks. It also promotes awareness of period poverty, which is defined as the inability to afford the menstrual products needed to manage health and hygiene in a dignified manner.
It is inexcusable that women and girls are still barred from receiving an education, making a living, and fully and equitably participating in everyday life due to a normal body function.
While May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day, our staff and partners work all year to:
Break the taboos and stigmas associated with menstruation.
Raise awareness about the barriers to menstrual product access, menstrual education, and period-friendly sanitary facilities.
Raise the funds needed to take large-scale action.
All of this helps us achieve our main goal: by 2040, no one will be held back because they menstruate.
Participate in the worldwide day of action.