STIGMA AROUND MENSTRUATION
Menstruation or period is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Every month a woman’s body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterus or womb sheds its lining. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus.Due to what most women go through during menstruation, May 28 is always observed as Menstrual Hygiene Day(MHD). It is an annual awareness day that is set aside to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM)
This year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day is marked with the theme”IT’S TIME FOR ACTION”.The theme points out the collaboration required from individuals, NGOs and governments organizations to come together and change the negative social norms surrounding menstruation and to also strategize a means of empowering women and girls to have access to education and economic opportunities.
This year’s MHD also recognizes that a lot of things stopped during this global pandemic but periods do not stop for PANDEMIC.
To mark this day many Twitter users took to their handles to express their thoughts on menstruation matters.
The Ministry of health in their official Twitter handle says ” managing menstruation hygienically is important for both men and women as it has beneficial impact on human reproduction, parenthood and health in addition to contribution to the economic and educational potential of girls and their future children”
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in their tweet added that ” Every girl has the right to manage her period safely and with dignity even in the face of Covid19″
It is to this end that the United Nations has called on all individuals, government and non governmental organizations to work together in other to end the stigma around menstruation.
By Idongesit Effiong
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