Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual Hygiene: Starting the Conversation

Photos by SEED Madagascar

Imagine you start bleeding from somewhere you have never before. How do you feel? Scared? Confused? You go to someone you trust to find out what is happening, perhaps a family member or a friend, but they don’t explain everything to you. They just tell you it will happen once a month and last a few days, then give you something to soak up the blood.

Period taboos rob women of their dignity

Ahead of UN’s Menstrual Hygiene Day, Pauline Latham MP calls on governments to enable women “to deal with periods in a hygienic and dignified way.”

Since the dawn of time, women have been having periods and today, like every other day, 800 million women will be experiencing this very natural process - yet the subject is still shrouded in stigma and taboo. This has a detrimental impact on the health, wellbeing and prospects of women and girls across the world. It’s time to for this to change.