Menstrual Hygiene Day 2023: Celebrations in Canada

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Women are a blessing to the world. The ability to bring life into this world is indeed an unbelievable feature.

Also, women have proved themselves to be equal to men if not better. Moreover, in the present day, no field presently remains men only.

Women have left their footsteps everywhere, from going into a coal mine to visiting space.

The women are rocketing into glory, yet the ‘stigma’ of menstruation1 remains.

Menstruation is a biological process that indicates women’s good health,

However,  it is considered a stigma in many communities. Additionally, there exists a gap in understanding of menstrual health and hygiene.

Poor menstrual health results in the death of at least three thousand women due to hygiene-related issues.

Thousands of women also suffer from reproductive-related issues due to poor hygiene.

Canadian politicians are also celebrating MH 2023.

The hashtag #MH23  is trending and being shared by women worldwide.

Canadian minister Marci Ien, serving as the minister for women and gender equality, was also found wearing the Menstruation bracelet to support MH23.

The official page of Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Canada tweeted along with her picture. The tweet reads,

“Menstruation shouldn’t be taboo. On #MHday2023, Minister Ien is wearing the #MenstruationBracelet as a symbol of the menstrual cycle to help #EndPeriodStigma and celebrate women’s equality.

1. Menstrual Hygiene Day

Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated every year on 28th May and is celebrated throughout the world to spread awareness of menstrual hygiene.

1.1. Aim

Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day aims to make menstruation a normal day-to-day physical concern by 2033.

1.2. Mission

Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated with a mission to break the taboo related to menstruation.

Also, the mission includes providing information and educating people regarding hygiene issues related to menstruation.

Moreover, it also aims to provide period-friendly products.

1.3. Menstruation Day Bracelet

The MH bracelet is symbolic of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Moreover, it consists of 28 beads, five of which represent menstruation.

1.4. Significance of May 28th

The 28th of May was selected as Menstrual Hygiene Day. Also, 28 represents the number of days, and 5 indicates the average menstruation period.

2. Twitterati Celebration

Menstrual Hygiene Day has an official Twitter page to spread information on menstrual health.

Also, the official page tweeted Happy MH Day to all its patrons. The tweet reads,

“Happy #MHDay2023 to all MH Day partners, supporters, and everyone else across the globe working to ensure that no one is held back because they menstruate. Together, we can create a world where periods are a normal fact of life. Like/RT if you agree #WeAreCommitted”

Also, UNICEF, a United Nations sub-branch, is celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day. The tweet read,

“Together, we can create a world where no menstruating person misses out on opportunities. Period.

#MHDay2023″

In summary, menstruation continues to remain taboo even in developed countries.

Menstrual health is an important aspect of human life, and the awareness of menstrual hygiene will aid women to have a healthy life.

We hope the aim of the Menstrual Hygiene Day is achieved by 2030 as planned.

  1. Johnston-Robledo, Ingrid, and Joan C. Chrisler. “The menstrual mark: Menstruation as social stigma.” The Palgrave handbook of critical menstruation studies (2020): 181-199. ↩︎

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