Menstrual Hygiene Day activities

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Suitable for:
Key Stages 2–4
Resources include:
Presentation, lesson plans, classroom activities.
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What is Menstrual Hygiene Day?

28 May is Menstrual Hygiene Day: the perfect opportunity to explore gender inequality, menstrual hygiene management, and issues around access to water and toilets.

On any given day, more than 300 million people are on their period – but a quarter of them have to manage without essential clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene knowledge.

Why talk about menstrual hygiene in the classroom?

We believe that everyone who menstruates – whoever they are, and wherever they live in the world – should be able to manage their period in a hygienic way, with privacy, safety and dignity. And we can't achieve this until we start talking about periods openly, stimulating important debate and real change.

Read Seven reasons to talk about periods in the classroom, produced in conjunction with education experts Twinkl.

Learning resources

Use our assembly presentation and activity guides to explore the topic, encourage open conversations, and support your pupils – no matter their gender – to feel comfortable talking about periods.

We've split our learning resources into two sessions – Tackling taboos and Dealing with periods – but you could use any as a standalone activity, or download everything in one complete Menstrual Hygiene Day activity pack (PDF).

Download assembly presentation (PowerPoint)

Session one: Tackling taboos

Session two: Dealing with periods