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Menstruation is a key indicator of health and vitality for women and girls. Managing this hygienically and with dignity is an integral part of good sanitation and hygiene. In our Water & Safety Sanitation Plan we have included a module on “Personal Hygiene for Young People” and it provides schools with guidance on how to ensure that they are creating an enabling environment for all their students. It includes capacity-building exercises as well as background material for local and national advocacy work that schools and individuals can use.

Stop polluting our vaginas

At first when you hear the word menstruation (or “menses”, or “period”) you might recognize its connection with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 on health as it is an important part of women and girls’ reproductive health. The SDGs consists of 17 goals with targets and indicators for achieving sustainable development and equality by 2030. Like in life, many issues (such as menstrual hygiene) intersect with several SDGs simultaneously. Meaning, menstrual health is therefore not only linked to SDG 3, but it is also connected to SDG 6 (clean water & sanitation), SDG 4 (quality of education), SDG 5 (gender equality and participation), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production). When you think about it, without access to clean water and toilets, menstrual hygiene can be quite difficult to manage for women and girls. In a scope study we did in Macedonia, 50-90% of the girls admitted that they would stay home from school when menstruating due to lack of (clean) toilets. (keywords for this text will be: Environment (Water & Sea Life, chemicals); Disposal of menstrual products; Reusable and organic biodegrable menstrual products; Smash the Taboo; Menstrual Health; Period Poverty; Menstrual Equity).

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