Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, but ironically even today talking about menses is considered a taboo, and is a topic which isn't talked about openly. This is an annual awareness day which is celebrated on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
This was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 that aims to benefit bleeding persons worldwide. The “28th” was selected specifically to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.
Menstrual Hygiene Day is an occasion for publicizing information about menses in the media, including social media. This day focuses on providing an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management into global, national and local policies and programs.
This day serves as a platform to bring the society together and to create a united and a strong voice for the girls and women, to break the odd silence about the menstrual hygiene.
The major objectives of MHD includes
We have encountered many movies and documentaries which are based on Menstruation Hygiene and are helping the society to step forward to spread awareness and knowledge related to menstruation. Akshay Kumar starrer - ‘Padman’ is the biggest example which helped to raise voice and awareness about menstrual hygiene. There is no hidden fact that this movie helped to break the taboo related to menstruation in India.
Another example of breaking the stereotypes is the Oscar-winning documentary:
The End of Sentence’. The documentary was based on the stereotype related
to menstruation and probing upon the real-life Pad Man, Arunachalam Muruganantham.
Small changes can make big differences and with such efforts and initiatives, we can say that our society is already heading towards a free nation from such taboos.