Hey Qraters,

May is such an important month, it is Menstrual Health Month. As the Founder and Director of Qrate, menstrual health is a topic that I am extremely passionate about. Did you know that Menstrual Hygiene Day is a day that is commemorated every year on the 28th of May? And did you know that this year it is the 10th anniversary? It is important to understand that we all have a role and responsibility in creating a #PeriodFriendlyWorld to ensure that Period Poverty is a thing of the past. From breaking taboos to ensuring access to essential products, there are numerous ways individuals can contribute to this cause. Here are ten actionable steps you can take to support Menstrual Health Month and make a difference:

  1. Participate in Menstrual Hygiene Day Events: Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 28th, is a global initiative to break the silence around menstruation. Attend local events, webinars, or virtual discussions organized by advocacy groups or NGOs. Share your experiences, insights, and learnings to contribute to the conversation using hashtags like #PeriodFriendlyWorld and #MHD. Qrate is hosting a variety of events this month:
    • Qrate, in collaboration with Girls on Bikes, is hosting a social cycling event called Cycle 4 Change on the 25th of May. If you love riding and want to ride with a community, please join us! Follow Girls on Bikes Instagram for updates.
    • On the 28th of May, Qrate in collaboration with The Menstrual Project is hosting its’ first inaugural Flow Forward Annual Event. There will be panel discussions, an art exhibition and a variety of period product stalls. Attendance is free. You can get your tickets here.
  2. Educate Yourself and Others: Knowledge is power. Take the time to educate yourself about menstrual health, hygiene, and related issues. Share reliable information with friends, family, and colleagues to dispel menstruation myths and misconceptions.
  3. Advocate for Policy Change: Advocate for policies prioritising menstrual health and hygiene. Write to policymakers, sign petitions, and support organizations lobbying for menstrual equity, including access to free or subsidized menstrual products in schools, workplaces, and public spaces.
  4. Support Menstrual Product Drives: Donate menstrual products to shelters, schools, or organizations supporting marginalized communities. Period poverty affects millions worldwide, and your contribution can significantly improve access to essential hygiene products. Get your school or work members involved in raising funds to donate period products.
  5. Break the Silence: Break the silence surrounding menstruation by initiating open and honest conversations with friends, family, and peers. Encourage others to share their experiences and concerns without fear of judgment or stigma.
  6. Engage on Social Media: Use your social media platforms to raise awareness about menstrual health and hygiene. Share informative posts, personal stories, and resources to educate and inspire others. Don’t forget to use relevant hashtags like #MenstrualHealthMonth and #PeriodPositive to amplify your message.

7. Create Menstrual Health Art or Content: Express your support for menstrual health through creative means. Create art, poetry, videos, or blog posts highlighting menstrual hygiene’s importance and challenging societal norms and stereotypes.

8. Buy or Make Your Own Menstrual Health Bracelet: As a symbolic gesture of solidarity, create your own menstrual health bracelet. Use 28 beads in total, with 5 red beads representing days of menstruation and 23 white beads symbolizing the average menstrual cycle length. Wear it proudly as a reminder of the ongoing fight for menstrual equity and dignity.

    9. Support Menstrual Health Organizations: Support organizations dedicated to menstrual health and hygiene initiatives. Consider volunteering your time, skills, or resources to help further their mission. Whether assisting with fundraising efforts, volunteering at events, or providing administrative support, your contribution can make a meaningful difference in advancing menstrual equity.

    10. Advocate for Comprehensive Menstrual Education: Advocate for comprehensive menstrual education in schools and communities. Push for inclusive curricula that cover topics such as menstrual hygiene, reproductive health, and gender equality. Encourage schools to provide access to menstrual products in bathrooms and educate both students and teachers about menstrual health in an inclusive and stigma-free manner. By advocating for comprehensive menstrual education, we can empower individuals with the knowledge and resources they need to manage their menstrual health effectively and with dignity.

    Menstrual Health Month provides a valuable opportunity to advocate for change and promote inclusivity in menstrual health and hygiene. By taking action, raising awareness, and supporting those in need, we can contribute to building a more period-friendly world. Let’s work together to ensure that menstruation is no longer a taboo topic but a celebrated aspect of women’s health and well-being. And that’s on PERIOD!