Menstrual Hygiene Day, which brings awareness to the issue of menstrual hygiene management, is on May 28. Menstruation is a monthly challenge for billions of women and girls worldwide.
On any given day, more than 800 million girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating. Challenges with menstruation go beyond practical management to issues that affect the girl and her role in the community. While more governments, funders, and other actors are now addressing issues related to menstrual health, many existing efforts are disparate and siloed, and the field lacks the research needed to mobilize more organizations to get involved.
Our newest report, An Opportunity to Address Menstrual Health and Gender Equity, examines the existing research linking menstrual health to broader outcomes around health, social norms, and education; describes the current state of the menstrual health field; and explores opportunities to better support women and girls.
Be sure to also read “#MenstruationMatters to all, not just girls” by Brian Arbogast, who leads Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene innovations at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.