The Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Day, 2021
Menstrual Health and Hygiene is integral to the realization of girls’ and young women’s rights. To manage their menstrual experiences safely with dignity, it is imperative that girls and women have access to reliable, accurate and comprehensive information, adequate sanitation facilities, menstrual products of their choice, school and family environments that are emotionally and physically supportive.
The ED presenting a sanitary kit to one of the participants at the JSS Kado-Kuchi.
In view of the above, a global Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Day was set up and commemorated annually on the 28th of May to raise awareness on the challenges women and girls face due to menstruation. The day is set aside to mobilize non-profits, government agencies, the private sector, the media, and individuals as well as resources to address these challenges which the COVID -19 has further exacerbated.
The Deputy Country Representative of UN Women Uganda, TCF Board of Trustees, representatives of Federal Ministry of Health, Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA) and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Consultant were present at the event.
The merry participants with their sanitary kits
In line with the theme for the year: ‘We need to step up action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene now! #TimeforAction; TCF team visited Junior Secondary School Kado-Kuchi, Abuja to commemorate the event by supporting 50 adolescent girls with the right information to debunk myths and manage their menstrual hygiene with dignity.
Hygiene kits containing Always sanitary pads, hand sanitizers, liquid soap and face masks were distributed by TCF including COVID-19 books donated by Mercy Corps Nigeria.
A cross section of participants Arc. Mrs Adetayo Erinle Executive Director TCF, Board members and beneficiaries at the MHM event marked in GSS Kado Kuchi, Abuja.