- 10% of girls think that Menstruation is a disease. (UKAID)
- 66% of girls do not know anything about periods before their first period (Unicef MHM)
- 87% of girls & women do not know the importance of menstruation or the biological process behind it. (Unicef MHM)
- 14% of girls suffer from menstrual infection of some kind. (Wateraid)
We believe that if the girl child is well informed about Menstrual hygiene at the right age, and if we manage to remove misconceptions from her mind as well the minds of all those around her, the girl child will not only be able to handle the emotional trauma and a stigma of shamefulness as she begins her journey as a young woman, but she will also face the hormonal changes in her body with awareness and confidence.
We feel that spreading awareness and educating girls, their families and society can significantly reduce the burden on young girl adults: allowing them to focus on living healthier lives and accomplishing their goals.
Furthermore, a well-informed Girl child will surely and confidently speak to her mother or sisters about correct menstrual hygiene practices and will help to eliminate wrong and unhealthy practices most women in lower socioeconomic sections have been adopting for generations. Self-aware and empowered women will pave the way for building a healthier society.
Why is Menstrual Education Important?
A lack of correct and timely menstrual education can lead to…
- Diseases like UTI’s, STI’s and cervical cancers
- Complications with conception, childbirth and infertility
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- The toxic culture of shame, discrimination and superstition is carried to the next generation.
- Dysmenorrhea, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, PCOD, PCOS and other gynaecological disorders
- Shame or lack of education means that many women do not seek medical advice.
- Loss of productivity/attendance at work and school
- Women’s freedom of movement, education and wages are affected.