You don’t have to get a period to be a woman, but lots of women get periods. And for centuries we’ve been told they’re unclean, or told nothing at all, resulting in not only physical but emotional distress.
28 May is World Menstrual Hygiene Day (and, for lots of women, also approximately 2 – 7 days per month, but we digress) and this year’s theme is “Education about Menstruation Changes Everything.”
Citing appalling facts like 50% of girls in Uganda report missing one to three days of school per month due to menstruation, Menstrual Hygiene Day is using their platform to bring together media, non-profit and private sectors so that girls and women can ultimate manage their periods safely and without stigma.
Monki, the Scandinavian fashion brand, has partnered with Lunette to produce a bright pink menstrual cup, as well as some cute underwear and a set of pins, that challenge the idea that menstruation is something of which to be ashamed.
In addition to promoting period-awareness, Monki and Lunete will be donating 5000 menstrual cups to The Cup Foundation, a non-profit that educates girls and women worldwide on menstruation and provides access to menstrual cups.
Menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone and are inserted into the lower part of the vagina during a period. They’re far more environmentally friendly than other menstrual hygiene products because they’re reusable, they can be worn safely all day and they’re budget-friendly, as now you don’t have to buy pads or tampons. Of course there are those who can’t use the cup, but if you haven’t tried it yet we encourage you to give it a go!
Happy World Menstrual Hygiene Day (and any menstruation day) to all our period pals around the world, and may you never experience another period drama (except for anything with Colin Firth, because mmmm).