Breaking The Silence of Menstruation Through Storytelling: Please Share Your Stories
Last month, my initiative LEPA partnered
with WASH United, Red
Elephant Foundation and FEMNET to
launch Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD) on May 28, 2014 in order to break the silence on menstruation and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) matters around the world.
While 300 million women and girls worldwide menstruate each day, this natural occurrence remains highly
stigmatized. In addition, the unaffordability of, and access to sanitary products makes it difficult for young girls and women to manage their period/menses in a private, safe, clean and dignified way.
For example, 48 % of girls in Iran believe that menstruation is a disease, in Ghana, girls miss up
to 5 days of school due to poor/inadequate sanitation facilities, and in rural India, many women/girls use unsanitary materials such rags, and newspapers to absorb menstrual blood. Therefore, to end the stigma, promote positive health outcomes, and ensure
a more equitable, dignified and inclusive future for young girls/women around the world, we need to break the silence surrounding menstruation.
To accomplish this, LEPA is utilizing the power of storytelling to explore the menstrual narratives
of women, and asks that women share their first menstrual experience or what they remember of it. These stories will debut as individual or thematic blog entries and will be published under “OurBodies,
Our Stories: Celebrating the Menstrual Narratives of Womanhood”. Please share your story here using this form and
forward this email far and wide.
Looking forward to hearing from you all. Thank you!
Founder, LEPA (Leading Everyone to Participate in Africa) Initiative
Volunteer, The Red Elephant Foundation
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