May 29, 2017

Menstruation Mitigates Women's Empowerment

AUTHOR:Harry StruloviciSOURCE:Public Citizen

Yesterday (May 28, 2017) was Menstrual Hygiene Day. This was a day to raise awareness that women in developing countries do not have access to products, clean toilets and are ignorant regarding the management of their period. We know that this biological function is a normal fact of life for women. Unfortunately, for so many women in developing countries it is so embarrassing that it causes girls to NOT attend schools. For example, nearly 25% of girls dropout of school in India and 120 million girls who attend school miss one week/month because clean and sanitary facilities are unavailable for them to deal with menstruation (Global Citizen, May 2017). In Uganda, 50% of girls miss one week of school each month. Without receiving a proper education (completion of primary and secondary school) how can they become their own agents of change leading to empowerment? As horrible as this seems, a principle at a boarding school in India forced 70 girls to strip and remove their clothing to demonstrate that they were NOT menstruating!! How can this be happening? It is a human right that girls should be provided the proper environment where safety exists and should manage their monthly period privately, and not suffer or endure any stigma. Where is the political will? Where is the outrage to these violations? The Menstrual Hygiene Alliance has published a ‘Theory of Change’ which can be found by clinking the link: website is:  Life for Mothers supports these efforts and implores everyone to send emails, tweets to newspapers, and world leaders (especially Uganda and India) to end this useless misery for girls.                              

Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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