World Menstrual Hygiene Day | ActionAid UK

World Menstrual Hygiene Day

On World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2019, we’re working to break the silence around periods, tackle the stigma often associated with them, and raise awareness of the importance of menstrual hygiene for women and girls around the world. 

When is World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2019, and what is it?

World Menstrual Hygiene Day takes place on 28 May every year. It’s a chance to highlight the importance of menstrual care for women and girls, and raise awareness about the issues faced by those who don’t have access to sanitary products.

Access to sanitary products, safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them, and the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma, is essential for anyone who menstruates.

But for too many, that’s not the reality

What’s the theme of Menstrual Hygiene Day 2019?

#ItsTimeForAction! This year we’re celebrating the great advocacy and campaigning work that’s been done to tackle period poverty and menstruation taboos around the world, but also recognising how much more needs to be done. 

When a crisis strikes, women and girls tell us that amongst the items that they need most are sanitary towels, wipes and soap. That’s why this World Menstrual Hygiene Day, we’re working to make sure women and girls who’ve faced conflict and natural disasters have access to essential sanitary products. 

How can I help?

By supporting our work with a regular donation, you can help make sure every women and girl has access to the menstrual care she needs to manage her period safely and with dignity. 

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Get involved this World 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. 


Page updated 21 May 2019