World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022: Theme, significance, all you need to know

This year’s theme -Making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030 - aims to build a world where no one is held back because they menstruate by 2030.

World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022: Theme, significance, all you need to know Menstrual Hygiene Day 2022
Anu Parthiban | May 28, 2022 - 12:43 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The World Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed every year on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) at a global level. This year, the theme is ‘Making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030’, which aims to contribute in achieving an overarching goal – to build a world by 2030 where no one is held back because they menstruate.

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Menstrual hygiene day 2022: Theme

This year’s theme -Making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030 - aims to build a world where no one is held back because they menstruate by 2030. Further, it also focuses on:

  • Break the taboos and end the stigma surrounding menstruation
  • Raise awareness about the challenges regarding access to menstrual products, education about menstruation and period-friendly sanitation facilities
  • Mobilise the funding required for action at scale

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Raising awareness about menstrual hygiene, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) shared stories of women around the globe.

The Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) in London -- the oldest gurdwara in UK established in 1908 -- is the world's first gurudwara to provide free sanitary pads.

Dr Sumita Misra IAS wrote on Twitter, “We need to talk about periods, the importance of hygiene and the need to smash the shame associated with it on the world menstrual hygiene day!”

As per the UNICEF website, “71% adolescent girls in India remain unaware of menstruation till menarche. However, the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) programme is improving young women’s health, nutritional status, well-being, as well as their enrollment and retention in schools.”

National Health Mission (NHM) Assam said, “An awareness rally was held on the occasion of Menstrual Hygiene Day. The rally was flagged off by Dr.M S Lakshmi Priya, IAS, MD, NHM. She also had an interactive session with the students of Dispur Govt HS School in Kamrup Metro.”

WaterAid India also shared a report key reports they have recently worked on with United Nations Population Fund India on changing the landscape of menstrual hygiene management in India.


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