Menstrual Hygiene Day | ActionAid UK

Menstrual Hygiene Day

This Menstrual Hygiene Day, share a better period

Many of us know what it’s like to lend a tampon or a pad to someone — anyone — who needs one. 

It doesn’t matter if it’s your sister, a friend, or a complete stranger in the loo. It’s an unwritten rule that we always help out in an emergency, if we can.

What about a woman living in a refugee camp, who has had to flee her home with nothing? Would you help her out too, if you could?

Around the world, thousands of women and girls live without access to the safe sanitary products they need. 

So this Menstrual Hygiene Day, please help us to end period poverty, and share a better period with someone who needs it

Share a better period

More ways to get involved this Menstrual Hygiene Day

Periods and humanitarian disasters 

Women who have lost everything as a result of humanitarian crises tell us that amongst the essential items they need most are sanitary towels, wipes and soap. Without sanitary towels, women and girls are forced to use improvised methods to manage their periods, including torn pieces of clothing and rags, which can cause painful infections. 

In humanitarian emergencies, ActionAid provides hygiene kits which can include soap, sanitary towels and clean underwear, helping women and girls manage their periods with dignity. 

Sanitary towels changing lives in Malawi

In Malawi, ActionAid is training mums in communities to make reusable, low-cost sanitary towels for the poorest girls. These simple sanitary pads are changing lives.

Before, girls who couldn’t afford sanitary pads felt unable to go to school because they were teased by boys if their clothes became stained. Now, not only are girls able to stay in school, but their mums are also building long-term businesses by selling their extra products at the market. This provides the mums with opportunities to earn an income and support their families. 

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Page updated 27 May 2020