Each year on the 28th of May, World Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated all around the world.
Did you know that millions of women and girls face exclusion and discrimination because they menstruate which can prevent women and girls from getting an education, earning an income, and participating in everyday life.
The majority of women and girls who live in Bangladesh cannot afford to buy disposable sanitary towels or tampons. Instead they often use rags torn from old saris. Because most women and girls are not educated in how to properly wash and store these rags after use, vaginal and urinary tract infections are very common.
At Sreepur Village our mothers have been using homemade reusable sanitary towels made out of textiles.
They receive menstrual hygiene training on the importance of cleaning the towels with soap after usage, drying them in the sun to kill bacteria and keeping them in a special bag to keep them hygienic.HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We share with you a story of Sharifa, a mother who has had her fair share of struggles in life and who recently, along with her family, visited Sreepur to share with us her successes in life.
The sudden death of Sharifa's husband in late 2004 left her as the sole provider for her four children. With no one to turn to for help, Sharifa felt lonely, scared and desperate for her family's future survival.
It was a bright and sunny day on the 12th of March when Sreepur Village hosted day one of the girls' cricket tournament.