Menstrual hygiene day

Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual hygiene day: Helping young girls manage their periods better

28th May 2019 is aimed around commemorating Menstrual Hygiene Day to help break the silence, raise awareness and change negative social norms surrounding menstrual hygiene around the world.

The vision is to create a world in which women and girls are empowered to manage their menstruation safely, hygienically, with confidence and without shame; a world where no woman or girl is limited by something as natural and normal as her period.

At lnitial, we are committed to supporting this vision and have created a free toolkit to help schools across the globe raise awareness and educate students around periods and good menstrual hygiene.


Download our free menstrual hygiene toolkit for schools

This toolkit contains a versatile range of downloadable and printable assets. Handouts, leaflets and posters are made available for you to circulate in washrooms, classrooms and staff rooms. Here is what it contains:

  • Handout: Tips for getting through your period at school
  • Leaflet: 6 myth-busters about periods
  • Posters for washrooms to raise awareness managing periods safely and hygienically
  • Poster for teachers and support staff to raise awareness around period poverty

It’s time to take action: Breaking the silence around menstrual hygiene

Periods are a fact of life. It isn’t something that we can change, yet there is a stigma attached to periods. Approximately 300 million women are having one right now, this means that one in seven women you speak to, at any given time, is menstruating.

In many parts of the world, periods can stop girls living normal lives. Girls still feel embarrassed or ashamed when on their periods, use improper substitutes as sanitary products, and even miss out on vital education because of them.

17% of women skip important activities out of fear their periods will be “found out”

As one of the leading providers in hygiene solutions, we are committed to promoting better hygiene standards across the globe at Initial. We are pleased to be supporting Menstrual Hygiene Day, initiated by Wash United to help promote good menstrual hygiene standards for all women and girls across the globe.

The focused theme for this year is “It’s time for action” to ensure girls and women don’t feel limited by their periods through increased education on menstrual hygiene.

Hygiene resources for schools

At Initial, we are committed to supporting the education sector improve the hygiene facilities for both teachers, staff and pupils. As one of the global leaders in hygiene solutions, we provide a range of innovative products as well as educational pieces to help you ensure that your staff and pupils are kept safe and healthy.

We are responsible for teaching the next generation of women about periods and how to manage them safely and hygienically. Schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions can all play a part in helping stop the stigma around menstrual hygiene. Educating students and providing them with the right hygiene facilities will help give women and girls the confidence not to be held back by their periods.

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