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UN Petitioned To Recognise Menstrual Hygiene As A Basic Human Right

UN Petitioned To Recognise Menstrual Hygiene As A Basic Human Right

A South African national, Francesca Nxedhlana, started a petition to Sima Sami Iskandar Bahous, the Executive Director of UN-Women to push for menstrual hygiene to be recognised as a basic human right such as shelter.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 13 September 2021 the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN-Women.

In her petition (click here to view the petition), Nxedhlana said about 500 million people are affected by Period Poverty access globally. Reads the petition:

It is estimated that 500 million people are affected by Period Poverty access globally. Access to menstrual hygiene must be a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT, such as shelter and food.

Yet for this cycle, none of us would be here.

The unintended consequences of period poverty

– Leads to absenteeism with a knock-on effect on school performance as well as future earning power.

– Reduced participation in physical activities

– Exacerbation of gender gaps in education

– Increase in drop-out rates

– Creates self-esteem and self-worth issues

– Period shaming and bullying

– Dysmenorrhea goes untreated, impacting the quality of life.

More: Change.org

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2 Comments

Gwedu 1 month ago

✔️ Yes it is !! No woman asks you go for menstrual period. It's natural and women and girls must be respected for that !!


36 1 month ago

Thumbs up to you Nxedhlana you know your things ,keep up the good work.



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