When is Menstrual Hygiene Day 2019

Menstrual Hygiene Day: Sanitary towels shouldn't be a luxury!

Menstruation Project in Uganda.

Press release Plan International: “For billions of girls and women around the world, menstruation is part of their everyday life. Still it is Subject still strongly taboo and excludes them from many areas of life. A new study by Plan International shows how serious the Effects on young girls in developing countries in particular are. In India, 20 percent of girls drop out of school as soon as they have their period. In Malawi, 70 percent of them miss up to three days of classes every month because of the Schools are unable to wash, change sanitary towels, or cannot afford toiletries. Many of them have to leave school due to absenteeism.

"We have to ensure that girls no longer have to be ashamed of their periods and create the necessary conditions so that they can continue to go to school." This includes, for example Construction of separate toilets and laundry facilities as well as that Distribution of hygiene items. In health training the girls - and also the boys - learn how the female cycle works and how they can protect themselves from infections. In cooperation with local partners, Plan also has a project in Uganda
initiated in the girl Make washable sanitary towels yourself can. In the East African country, a package of sanitary towels costs an average of two US dollars - that's more than most people there earn a day.

The female menstruation is negatively affected in many cultures and is often caused by Silence, exclusion and shame accompanied. In Nepal, for example, women on their period are banned from the house and are not allowed to touch other people or water during this time. Although this custom has been officially banned for several years, it is still practiced in parts of the country. In many countries, girls cannot talk to anyone about their period because they are too embarrassed. This silence usually has a big one Ignorance result. Almost half of all girls in Iran believe that menstruation is a disease. And in Malawi, eight out of ten girls didn't know what was happening to their bodies when they first had their period.

Many girls, especially in low-income countries or in crisis and conflict regions, make do with old rags, leaves or other things during menstruation Stopgap solutions. The Risk of infection is therefore very high, especially in areas where there is no clean water.

The taboo is not only common in developing countries - also in Europe menstruation is often associated with embarrassing silence and shame. The 28th of May therefore became the "International Menstrual Hygiene Day" explained to draw attention to the problem. [..] Also because tampons and sanitary towels so high in many countries
are taxed like luxury items.“ 

Also in Germany For menstrual hygiene items, the reduced tax rate of 7% does not apply, as is the case for most basic necessities, but the regular tax rate 19% tax rate. One is currently running against this injustice Petition in the German Bundestag that you can sign in order to finally recognize basic hygiene articles!

That too AG projectGhana - Clean Water for Schools and Communities addresses the problem of toilets and washing facilities for schoolgirls.

Here you can download the entire press release “Menstruation takes girls away from education” and the study “Break the barriers: Girls experience of menstruation in the UK” as a PDF.