A menstrual Hygiene Day will be celebrated today at the Maranatha Hall.
The event is celebrated globally to help break the silence and build awareness about the basic role that good menstrual hygiene management `plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.
It also aims to raise awareness on challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges including through media work.
Meanwhile, a recent study conducted by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) revealed that within schools in Solomon Islands, it has become known that girls face multiple challenges from menstruation in schools setting, including lack of water and adequate ablution facilities. It also included barriers to accessing absorbent materials, inaccurate information on menstruation and menstrual hygiene besides cultural barriers.
The impacts of these challenges were absenteeism, embarrassment, and lack of concentration and reduce participation in class.
Based on the biggest barriers identified during the study the key recommendations were to improve school policies, facilities and resources available for girls to manage menstruation at schools. Give girls knowledge and skills to maintain their menstrual hygiene safely and effectively at school and to improve national policies and monitoring of MHMS in schools.
UNICEF in partnership with MERHD wished to mark the day with an advocacy event involved government officials, NGOs, church leaders and other practitioners to provide a platform to advance the agenda of MHM in the country.
According to Wikipedia, Menstrual Hygiene Day (also known as MHD, MH Day, or Menstrual Health Day) is an annual awareness day on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
“The German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide initiated the event. The 28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.
“In low-income countries, girls’ choices of menstrual hygiene materials are often limited by the costs, availability and social norms. Adequate sanitation facilities and access to menstrual hygiene products are one part of the solution. Creating a culture that welcomes discussion and makes adequate education for girls is of equal importance. Research has found that not having access to menstrual hygiene management products can keep girls home from school during their period each month.
“Menstrual Hygiene Day creates an occasion for publicizing information in the media, including social media. Public information campaigns can help to engage decision-makers in policy dialogue. “The day offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into global, national and local policies and programmes.”