Study on the management of menstrual hygiene

Practices, perceptions and barriers

A girl outside a latrine in the DRC
UNICEF DRC Tremeau

Highlights

Almost every woman and girl will have their period on average every 28 days for about 5 days - a completely normal biological process. Yet menstruation is surrounded by silence, myths and taboos, and is even stigmatized. Women and girls around the world face many challenges in managing their menstrual periods. They may lack the means to do so, or face discriminatory cultural norms or practices that make it difficult to maintain good hygiene. As a result of these combined challenges, women and girls may be deprived of some basic human rights, including those related to education, work and health, turning a simple biological fact into an obstacle to gender equality.

This study aims to obtain quantitative and qualitative data on the state of knowledge, perceptions and practices of men, boys, women and girls in the field of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was carried out in some of the intervention areas of the Healthy Village and School Programme in peri-urban or rural areas as well as in an area affected by recurrent humanitarian crises in order to understand the social environment, the existence of potentially discriminatory traditions and determine whether there were significant differences between the various contexts.

 

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Gestion de l'hygiène menstruelle en RDC

Author

UNICEF DRC, CRS

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Languages

French

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