“Persistent harmful socio-cultural norms, stigma, misconceptions and taboos around menstruation, continue to lead to exclusion and discrimination of women and girls,” UN human rights experts said in a joint statement to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March.
“The stigma and shame generated by stereotypes around menstruation have severe impacts on all aspects of women’s and girls’ human rights, including their human rights to equality, health, housing, water, sanitation, education, work, freedom of religion or belief, safe and healthy working conditions, and to take part in cultural life and public life without discrimination,” said the experts.
Women and girls also encounter problems regarding lack of availability of sanitary hygiene products and gender sensitive facilities. Furthermore, lack of accommodation of women’s and girls’ menstruation related health needs in educational institutions and workplaces has an impact on school and job attendance, and thus on their economic advancement, undermining gender equality, added the experts.
Read the full statement here.