As governments loosen COVID-19 restrictions around the world, menstruators are going back to school and work, all while attempting to manage their menstruation, perimenopause and menopause. On the occasion of International Dignified Menstruation Day (IDM Day) on December 8, 2022; all stakeholders and activists are invited to join The Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation (GSCDM)/Radha Paudel Foundation, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and partners in helping to advocate for the recognition of this day by Governments and UN Agencies globally. Let us promote #DignifiedMenstruation for women, girls, transgender men, and non-binary people throughout the life cycle of those who menstruate!
Menstruation is an inevitable part of life, however menstrual discrimination is a social construct that has been practiced across the globe in various names, forms and magnitudes. Menstruators have been facing various forms of social, political, economic and ecological consequences with immediate and long-term consequences throughout their life. In many cases, menstrual discrimination is not only a form of gender-based violence (GBV) but also involves other forms of GBV e.g., child marriage (GSCDM, 2022). In order to change the narratives on menstruation, `dignified menstruation’ is an innovative and holistic approach to combat the menstrual discriminatory perceptions and practices for achieving the overarching goal of gender equality. Dignified menstruation is a tool for prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, improvement of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and for the promotion of human rights.
IDM Day on December 8 is being increasingly recognized worldwide and was first launched by advocates in 2019 to highlight the importance of dignified menstruation that emancipate all menstruators in all diversities to claim their rights at home, school, community and everywhere. On the occasion of 4th IDM Day, GSCDM and its partners and network members will be organizing a Virtual Conference with the demand to the United Nations’ General Assembly to pass the resolution to recognize December 8 as IDM Day, a 14th day of UN’s 16 days Activism. IDM 2022 will be marked with the theme ”Dignified Menstruation For Ending Child Marriage” because menstrual discrimination is the missing driver for child marriage globally.
To join the meeting, use the following login details on Zoom on the day:
Meeting ID: 979 595 6557
International Conference: “Dignified Menstruation for Ending Child Marriages”
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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