Renown media personality and Endometriosis warrior Janet Mbugua joined the world in commemorating the international world hygiene day.
World Hygiene Day is celebrated annually on May 28, to create awareness and highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management to the world.
In Kenya, access to sanitary towels and hygiene products still poses a great challenge for girls and women who come from low-income families.
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Day 1 – This was me in 2015. Ten years earlier, in 2005, I had just undergone a laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis, also known as endometriomas or ovarian cysts. It causes the formation of cavities within the ovary that fill with blood. It had been years, literally since high school, of painful, prolonged periods that sometimes, on the rare occasion, render me unable to go to class or to the office, especially during the first few days of my cycle. Finally getting a diagnosis was such a breakthrough and I was put on birth control thereafter and have had to continue using this, except for the times we were trying for a baby. Until today, if I don’t take my medication, I’ll struggle during my period. Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (ie. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world. So, let’s wear yellow and stand with endo warriors like @elsie_odhiambo, @jahmbykoikai, @cirumuriuki and many others. Let’s talk periods and most importantly, let’s talk period pain. Because ladies (and gents), a very painful, prolonged period is NOT normal. #Period. #PeriodConversations #MenstruationMatters #EndometriosisMonth #YellowForEndometriosis
Fueled by her struggle with endometriosis, Janet Mbugua has been a voice for the menstrual needs and empowerment of women. She has tirelessly championed for policy change through her Inua Dada Foundation.
Taking to her Instagram page earlier today, Janet expressed her hopes at the coming of better days for women.
“Today, we take action to end menstrual inequalities such as period poverty. We must. The lives of millions of girls and women demand that we do. Today might also marks a new dawn,” she started.
Janet then revealed her itinerary for this important day.
“In the meantime, I’m starting my day on a closed session with some incredible young girls, then I’ll be part of a twitter chat at 11 am (see second image) and then a global MH Day celebration later today (last image), plus a webinar on Friday,” she wrote.
Check out her full post below:
Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day Ladies!