May 28th globally marks World’s Menstrual Hygiene Day, which aims at raising awareness about issues surrounding menstrual health and hygiene. This year’s theme, “Period Friendly World,” resonates deeply with our organization, as we strive to create a world where menstruation is no longer a taboo or a source of shame.

What does a Period Friendly World mean?

It’s one where menstruation is acknowledged and supported, where girls and women have access to safe and affordable menstrual products, and where menstrual health is prioritized. It’s a world where menstruation is not a limitation or a source of stigma, but a natural part of life.

Proper menstrual hygiene is also essential for preventing infections and ensuring overall health. Every girl and woman deserve access to clean, safe and affordable menstrual products. By talking openly and providing support, we can help girls and women feel safe, comfortable, confident and dignified during their periods.

To commemorate International Menstrual Hygiene Day, our team at HAFAI visited local schools in Abuja as well as in program states, Abia and Imo where free reusable dignity kits (containing pads, pants, sanitary products, instruction manual & puberty handbook) were also distributed. The girls celebrated the day by showcasing their artistic and poetic skills, which they used in expressing their thoughts and feelings about menstruation. It was inspiring to see young minds embracing the theme with such enthusiasm and creativity.

As the buzz around Menstrual Hygiene Day reverberates, we have to ensure that our voices will not be drowned, that we continue to raise our voices to promote education, advocate for improved sanitary products and facilities, fight stigma, break negative norms and push for policies and programs that enhance equal opportunities for girls all over the world, leaving no girl behind!