Gender inequality is one of the underlying causes why feminine hygiene has been ignored. Unequal levels of dominance between men and women lead to the voices of women and girls not being heard in families, neighborhoods, and projects in decision-making. These have led to societal taboos, stigma, and shame around menstruation, including the belief that menstrual blood and menstruating women themselves are impure, which is common in several societies.
Men and boys can help women and girls effectively manage menstruation through various social domains. MHM is regarded as a 'women's problem, which is to be addressed inside four walls with no male involved , and therefore it seems as though they do not need to express their issues in the home, community or society. Men and boys influence the experiences of women and girls with menstruation management of hygiene (MHM) through many positions, like husbands, fathers, brothers, teachers, peers, teachers, leaders of the society, entrepreneurs, employers and policymakers.
There is a need to include men in this deeply tabooed Subject to eliminate the stigma of menstruation. Another focal point of involving men in menstrual issues is to shift the social norms and negative perceptions of menstruation, thereby encouraging the concept of better MHM.
How can it be done?
An inclusive approach in which men are equal partners ensures greater support. It contributes to the effective empowerment of the entire community, particularly Girls and women.
The involvement of men and boys through the development of platforms for open discussion can enable men and boys to recognize the value of MHM, as well as reproductive health, women's self-esteem and empowerment problems.
For effective MHM, it is essential to have toilet facilities along with water and soap so that females have a safe place to change and clean themselves. For this sensitization of men is essential as they make decisions on investment and making policies.
It is important to direct school management and teachers on MHM. Educating male teachers is equally important. The provision of an MHM-friendly environment in schools, including awareness raising and toilets for girls with sanitary napkin disposal facilities, has been seen as helpful in increasing the attendance of adolescent girls in schools.
Few stories from peers that will give some insights on how you can put the women in your life in a good mood.
1. I was so nervous to not have mom around, the second time I got my periods. It was all still so new to me. Pleased to see my dad preparing my favourite cuisine. Kept besides my bed was a packet of sanitary napkins and a heat bag
2. We'll hang out some other day. I want to stay with my wife today. I'll collect few painkillers from my way back home - said a caring husband
Men as husbands, fathers, brothers, teachers, peers, colleagues, boyfriend's can influence women's menstruation experience in many ways. Curiosity kills the cat? We say kill the curiosity, discuss menstruation with boys and men, not limiting it to whispers among girls.