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WASH United - Investing in Menstrual Hygiene

What is the project about?

The year is 2020 and still, millions of women and girls all over the world continue to be excluded, stigmatized and kept from reaching their full potential. In order to break the silence, raise awareness and to change negative social norms around periods, Berlin-based NGO WASH United initiated Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) on 28 May. MH Day brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals & the private sector – all with one aim: A world where every girl and woman understands her menstruation and is able to confidently go through her day, during, before and after her period.

Safe sanitation and hygiene

Millions of girls around the world have no idea what menstruation is, let alone how to manage it safely and hygienically when they get their first period. Negative social norms and practices result in girls being stigmatized and excluded, which undermines their social status and confidence in already turbulent times. This, in addition to limited access to hygienic menstrual products and period-friendly sanitation facilities in schools, means that periods are a significant obstacle for millions of girls to attend and perform well in school.

"A Period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education!".

Melissa Berton, Producer | Oscar-winning documentary „Period. End of sentence.“


How we try to solve the problem

The topic of menstrual hygiene is achieving increased attention, but a lot more action and investment is needed to ensure that women and girls are no longer kept from realizing their full potential because of their periods. By addressing the challenges in Menstrual Hygiene Management, we have the opportunity not only to empower women and girls but to accelerate the overall development of their families and communities and build the human capital of entire nations.


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