Student-led presentations and the launch of a special flag were highlights of Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations during June at the WPSMIP partner primary school in Kavieng, PNG.
Three classrooms at the school were setup with awareness and information posters about Menstrual Hygiene. Each of the classrooms featured presentations about menstrual hygiene from the students. Parents and teachers attended the sessions and gave positive feedback, with parents commenting about how the students showed such an in depth understanding of menstrual hygiene, and how the students were showing dramatic improvements in behaviour regarding respecting menstrual hygiene. Male and female students who are members of WASH clubs at the school all wore their club uniforms and were very proud of being part of Menstrual Hygiene Day.
Students and staff officially launched a Menstrual Hygiene Day flag. Senior teacher, Mrs Nara, explained that the pink and black flag represents women’s issues. She said pink was the favourite colour chosen by the girls, and black is the colour women like to wear when having their period.
A donation box was also available to raise funds for pads and sanitary supplies for the school. Overall the event was very successful, with coverage on NBC radio New Ireland. This is the second time Menstrual Hygiene Day was observed in New Ireland province. Menstural Hygiene Day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges, including through media work.For more information click here.