On 28 May 2014 – the first global Menstrual Hygiene Day – more than 90 international organisations came together worldwide to break the silence around menstruation and raise awareness about the fundamental role that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.
In Kenya, the Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations were hosted by the County Governor and government of Tharaka Nithi. At the daylong event, which was attended by national leaders such as Kenyan Member of Parliament Hon. Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo and senior representatives of the Kenyan Ministries of Education and Health, over 25 Menstrual Hygiene Day partners reached more than 5000 young women and girls through awareness-raising activties including speeches, educational games, various exhibitions and the MHM Pledge for Girls and Women which was conceptualised and designed by the WSSCC Networking and Knowledge Management department and presented as the culminating highlight of a play performed by local women and girls.
At the WSSCC exhibition stand, where event participants had the opportunity to find out more about WSSCC’s engagement worldwide, National Coordinator Tobias Omufwoko exchanged with visitors and shared valuable insight about WSSCC’s work in Kenya.
Find out more about the Pledge for Girls and Women which explains that regular bleeding is a natural process for women and girls and enables them to break the silence on menstrual hygiene.
Findings of a new UN Women/WSSCC study in Niger on MHM practices were presented at a side event during CSW61.
The podcast encourages discussion on menstrual and feminine hygiene issues and the right to sanitation for women and girls.
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