Menstrual hygiene and the human rights to water and sanitation

Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated annually on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. Poor menstrual hygiene caused by a lack of education on the issue, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermines the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls around the world. As a result, millions of women and girls are kept from reaching their full potential.
On the International Women’s Day in March this year, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, together with a group of Special Rapporteurs, called on the international community to break the taboo around menstrual health, and to take concrete action to ensure that discriminatory mindsets are changed, and to protect women’s and girls’ menstrual health.