Understanding Menstrual Hygiene Management and Human Rights

Aug 27, 2017
  • Description

The practitioner's guide explains how women's and girls' ability to manage their menstruation hygienically, and with normalcy and dignity, enables women and girls to enjoy certain human rights. For example, it addresses the rights to education, health, and water and sanitation, and how they relate to menstrual hygiene management. 

For years, human rights organizations have documented how periods, and the poor policy and programmatic support for managing menstruation, have a negative impact on women's and girls' human rights. Decisions about the operation of refugee camps, detention centers, schools, and workplaces that affect the way periods are dealt with directly affect human rights. With too little support to handle their periods, women and girls have reported staying home from school, missing work, banishment by families, and humiliating treatment in their communities. People who work in development and aid organizations may see this bad treatment but lack effective tools to address it. The new practitioners guide will help them use a human rights framework to bring these problems to light, and resolve them.