MHM awareness at Simhastha Kumbh 2016

WaterAid/Prashanth Vishwanathan

Women spend around six to seven years of their lives menstruating. Yet the importance of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is mostly neglected. Menstrual hygiene is a taboo subject; a topic that many women are uncomfortable discussing in public. This is compounded by gender inequality, which excludes women and girls from decision-making processes.

As part of our efforts to make Simhastha Kumbh a WASH success, WaterAid India and our partner Bhartiya Grameen Mahila Sangh (BGMS) to are reaching out to women across the mela with information on menstrual hygiene management.

Women attend MHM session at Simhastha 2016.
Women attend MHM session at Simhastha 2016.

Using our posters on taboo as talking points our team will explain to women/adolescent girls about dos and don’ts on menstruation.

The series of seven posters discuss common myths: ‘Don’t attend religious ceremonies’, ‘Don’t cook’, ‘Don’t go to school’, ‘Don’t touch males’, and ‘Don’t eat certain types of food’ as well highlighted the need for menstrual hygiene awareness.

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