Menstruation is often considered a taboo topic—shrouded in secrecy, stigmas, and even shame in many societies around the world—even as nearly half the world's population has to manage menstruation at some point in their lives.
Menstrual Hygiene Day is helping to change this, and it marks an annual opportunity each May to raise awareness about menstrual health and hygiene (MHH).
Did you know that about 500 million people around the world struggle to access menstrual products or safe and private spaces to use them? This can keep them from attending school or work.
RTI International is part of a global effort to address the systemic and multi-sectoral factors that impact MHH, including sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, education, equity and rights, and economic security. Solutions need to move beyond just increasing availability and affordability of menstrual products to addressing these intertwined issues.
In honor of Menstrual Hygiene Day, we asked three of our experts—in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), education, and innovation—to weigh in on what is needed to get to a world where everyone can manage menstruation in a safe and dignified manner.