Where the problem lies

Every person who experiences menstruation has the right to menstrual health, irrespective of gender-identity, abilities and socioeconomic status. Persons with disabilities face significant challenges in navigating their daily lives; and those who menstruate face additional hurdles arising from the triple burden of having a disability (or disabilities), being female, and the socio-cultural aspects of menstruation.

On another end are menstruators caught in emergency situations where access to menstrual health takes a back seat in the face of a struggle for survival.

​Ahead of World Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May 2002, WaterAid India is aligned with this year's global theme - #WeAreCommitted. And this year, we are committed to creating inclusive solutions addressing menstrual health and hygiene management in the country. Join us as we talk about how access to menstrual health and hygiene can be made better for persons with disabilities and menstruators caught in emergencies. 


Some numbers to think about

Over355 million
women and girls in India are of menstruating age.

Source: Spot On! Improving Menstrual Health and Hygiene in India. Report. Dasra, Kiawah Trust, and USAID, 2014

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of 11.9 million women with disabilities
are in the reproductive age.

Source: Census 2011

menstrual health and reproductive rights

Women and children are 14 times more likely than men to die in disasters.

Source: Women in Disasters and Conflicts in India: Interventions in View of the Millennium Development Goals, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science volume 8

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Some useful reading

How You Can Make A Difference

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Help us expand our on-ground efforts to improve access to menstrual health across India