WORLD MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY 2018
You drop your bag and before you know it, your tampons roll across the floor for everyone to see. Do you feel ashamed?
Maybe not, but if so, you will be surprised of how many women are still ashamed of their menstruation. Even in the Netherlands we do not always talk about it openly. We hide our tampons or sanitary napkins, secretly go to the toilet and pretend nothing is wrong. While your period is the most normal thing in the world. If in a progressive society like ours there is so much shame about something that every woman goes through, you can probably imagine how big the challenge for women in developing countries must be. The taboo surrounding menstruation has serious consequences for the lives and development of these women.
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Not for girls living in India. Shame and lack of knowledge about menstruation has serious consequences for their health and development. Superstition makes sure that they can not determine what they eat during that one week. That is why it is so important to educate girls and women in developing countries about what menstruation is and how they can deal with it in a healthy way.
If you want to know more about this project, check out the interesting, fun and touching stories of the girls and women that we have spoken with.
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On the 28th of May, during Menstrual Hygiene Day, Simavi, Rutgers and WomenOnWings will pay attention to the situation of these women. Because only by being open about menstruation we will break the worldwide taboo and go beyond shame.
What are you ashamed of?
On the 28th of May, World Menstrual Hygiene Day, we go beyond shame. We try to break the worldwide taboo surrounding menstruation. What are you ashamed off? Share your story with #beyondshame and have a chance of winning the exclusive emergency Tampon Necklace from designer Katarina Hornwall!
Do you recognize this too?
"What I felt that morning was not nice, but something most Indonesian girls and women have unfortunately got used to. Embarrassment and exclusion because of menstruation is completely internalized in Indonesian society. This should change." - Dorine Thomissen
Share your story, just like Dorine. Or take a selfie with red lipstick on, share it with your friends by using #beyondshame and support girls and women in developing countries during their menstruation. Only when we stand up and speak about menstruation, we can break the taboo worldwide and go #beyondshame.
For more information about this campaign, mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org