Menstrual hygiene management among marginalized physically challenged women and adolescent girls in 10 states of Nigeria

Publication by WECF partner Women Environment Programma (WEP Nigeria)

Menstruation is an important feature throughout women’s fertility. For many girls – the onset of menses is a time of biological development that immediately comes with it restrictions, rules, confinement and changed expectations in many cultures.

Good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) has to be more than just facilities for washing and disposal of materials and products, because addressing the practical dimensions without taking on the more socio-cultural dimensions that surround this biological phenomenon with shame, silence and disgust will fail to bring dignity and safety to women.

An Expression of Interest was made by WSSCC Nigeria to conduct a research study to ascertain the level of Menstrual Hygiene Awareness regarding menstruation and menstrual practices in physically challenged and marginalized young women and adolescent girls in Borno, Lagos, Benue, Taraba, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Kano, Yobe, Edo and Kogi States. The overall objective was to examine the influence of religious affiliation, culture and educational status on menstrual hygiene of the physically challenged and marginalized schoolgirls, girls out of school and women.

The main objective of the study was to identify challenges that physically challenged and marginalized women and adolescent girls faced during menstruation. It was also an aim to analyze their impact on women and girls in the 10 states from September to October 2016 with a view of stepping up the evidence based advocacy in the target States for the improvement of equitable sanitation.