Menstrual Hygiene is vital to the empowerment and well-being of women and girls worldwide. It is about more than just access to sanitary pads and appropriate toilets – though those are important. It is also about ensuring women and girls live in an environment that values and supports their ability to manage their menstruation with dignity.
What is Menstrual Hygiene?
Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is defined as:
“Women and adolescent girls are using clean menstrual management materials to absorb or collect blood that can be changed in privacy as often as necessary for the duration of the menstruation period, using soap and water for washing the body as required, and having access to facilities to dispose of used menstrual management materials” (JMP 2012).
May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day); a day dedicated to bringing awareness around the vital role that good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in empowering women and adolescent girls worldwide to become all that they can be. The vision behind MH Day is a world in which every woman and girl can manage her menstruation in a hygienic way- in safety, privacy, and with dignity- wherever they are
One in five girls and young women skip school or miss work because they cannot afford sanitary pads or reusable kits to stay healthy and clean during their period. Hope and Dreams Initiative aims to #EndPeriodPoverty.
Impoverished girls, women and youths often use socks, toilet paper, paper towels and to stay healthy and clean during menstruation. Even worse, they use the same sanitary pad repeatedly, which can lead to toxic shock syndrome and bacterial infections.
To alleviate period poverty and promote gender equality, Hope and Dreams Initiative is engaged in furthering the MHM agenda. Through a range of innovative/programs to better understand and address issues of MHM, and to thereby elevate the dialogue on the importance of MHM.
WASH in School (Water, Sanitation, And Hygiene) Program
Our WASH in Schools Program focuses on the development of life skills and the mobilization and involvement of parents, communities, governments and institutions to work together to improve hygiene, water and sanitation conditions.
Every child around the world deserves an opportunity to learn in a safe and healthy environment. Safe drinking water and a safe place to use the bathroom are as important as teachers, classrooms, and books
In achieving the UN Goals, Hope and Dreams Initiative is effectively and efficiently changing the narratives through a wide range of innovative approach therefore increasing female school attendance, behavior change, assuring privacy, dignity and gender equality, fewer schoolchildren with worms and diarrhea, and alleviate poverty among students and their communities.
- Sustainable, safe water supply points
- hand-washing stands and sanitation facilities
- Creation of WASH Readings Rooms in School/ Fully integrated life skills education, focusing on key hygiene behaviors for schoolchildren and using participatory teaching techniques.
- Outreach to families and the wider community
Nigeria has an invisible crisis. 70 million Nigerians, about 30 per cent of the country’s population, are still illiterate and nearly two out of three children affected by systemic poverty cannot read at grade level. Children who can’t transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” by graduation from junior secondary school are 13 times more likely not to graduate on time from high school. Illiteracy impacts their ability to access better opportunities in health, education, and the economy. Investing in literacy is the path out of poverty. It is both the smart and the right thing to do!
Hope and Dreams Initiative is an advocate for children’s literacy and committed to ending the literacy crisis. With deep ties to our target communities, we are personally invested in the wellbeing of our children. When a child reads, a community succeeds!