U-REPORTERS IN THE UK
Listen up girls and boys - menstruation matters!
July 4, 2017
BY YVONNE MWIZA
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Observed for the last four years on the 28th of May, Menstrual hygiene day (MHD) aims to break taboos and raise awareness of the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and adolescent girls worldwide. On Menstrual Hygiene Day this year, UNICEF focused on the importance of education not only for girls and women but also boys and men. A coordinated global U-Report poll was conducted in an effort to gain an understanding of young people's experiences during their period.

The results obtained from 45,000 girls and women aged 13-25 were incorporated in a HUFFPOST article  by Sanjay Wijesekera, the Chief of WASH and Associate Director of Programmes at UNICEF. He wrote that the results highlighted the societal barriers - cultural and economic that hold women back. Within the UK alone, research carried out by Voucher Codes Pro  revealed that British women spend as much as £18,450 on their periods over the course of a lifetime. This figure has a domino effect and you don't have to look further than Freedom4Girls revelation - schools in Leeds were getting in touch with the charity because students could not afford sanitary products and this was contributing to higher truancy rates amongst female students when they were on their period.

In Indonesia where both female and male respondents were polled - 22% of the male respondents admitted they had mocked a girl or woman because of menstruation. This behaviour promotes and entrenches the social stigma around menstruation. The education of whole communities is therefore imperative - glimmers of hope of are present in countries such as Ethiopia where boys take part in Girls' clubs. These clubs are a safe space for counselling and peer to peer support on sanitation and hygiene issues, particularly menstrual hygiene.

To read Sanjay's article, click here - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59298550e4b07d848fdc0415 

Think that girls and women in the UK should not go without and should have access to sanitary products?

i) Sign a petition - https://www.change.org/p/provide-free-sanitary-products-in-uk-schools-periodpotential?recruiter=6956...

ii) Donate! at https://www.gofundme.com/freedom4girls


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