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It’s Time For Women And Girls To Speak About Their Periods

It’s Time For Women And Girls To Speak About Their Periods

Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nigeria’s former Minister of Environment. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers. If we are to achieve true gender equality, we need to tackle everything that contributes to the discrimination and marginalization of women — including menstruation. While menstruation is the most […]

World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: ‘Menstruation is Not a Dirty Word

World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: ‘Menstruation is Not a Dirty Word

Every year World Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed on May 28 with the aim to change the social stigma associated with menstruation. The date May 28 was chosen to observe the day because on average the menstrual cycle for most women is 28 days and the menstruation period for most women is for five days. […]

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health

Menstrual Hygiene Day is marked on May 28 every year. Menstrual hygiene and health for millions of women and girls have been suffering since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and successive lockdowns. Lack of resources and poverty are impacting the ability of people to manage their menstruation and health. According to experts, the poorest […]

Menstrual Poverty

Menstrual Poverty

A fifty-year-old woman who began her period at age 13 has had nothing less than 400 menstrual experiences. This means she has bought more than four hundred packs of sanitary pads in her life as this is the most common hygienic way to take care of this monthly call of nature. In addition to the […]

Symposium to Take Stock of Progress On Menstrual Health in Africa

Symposium to Take Stock of Progress On Menstrual Health in Africa

Around 5000 participants from Africa and worldwide are expected to gather to track progress on menstrual health on the continent since the first Call to Action was made at the African Menstrual Health Symposium in Johannesburg in 2018. A follow-up event, the African Coalition Symposium on Menstrual Health, will be held virtually from 25 to […]

Less Privileged Women Get Menstrual Cups In Malawi

Less Privileged Women Get Menstrual Cups In Malawi

Your Time Women’s Empowerment Foundation, in conjunction with Kuwala Health Media Trust, is donating menstrual cups to women who are less privileged in Mzimba and Dedza districts. Speaking in an interview, one of the focal persons at Your Time Women’s Foundation, Monalisa Tembo, said the menstrual cups that cost about K60 000 each, are recycled […]

Menstruation Is Now Expensive For Women And Girls

Menstruation Is Now Expensive For Women And Girls

Menstruation is a perfectly normal biological process that marks a girl’s transition from childhood to fertility. However, for most young girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, this monthly affair is a crisis. Menstruation can be managed with the appropriate sanitary items, but adolescent school-going girls suffer from a host of injustices and barriers to opportunity due to […]

Onambutu School Takes On Menstrual Hygiene

Onambutu School Takes On Menstrual Hygiene

ONAMBUTU Combined School in the Ohangwena region is determined to keep girls in school by providing them with sanitary pads and sensitising boys about menstruation. The Namibian accompanied a United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) team to the school, at Eenhana, last month. Unicef, in collaboration with the ministry of agriculture and the ministry of health, […]