The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to address 17 crucial global challenges, with a focus on poverty, inequality, and climate change. Good menstrual hygiene is particularly relevant to achieving the following SDGs:
SDG 3: good health and well-being. Unhygienic practices, such as the use of unsafe menstrual products or products that are not changed often enough, can lead to severe infections, including death from toxic shock syndrome.
SDG 4: quality education. Challenges related to menstrual hygiene often negatively impact girls’ school attendance and performance and can even result in girls dropping out of school entirely.
SDG 5: gender equality. All around the world, the stigma surrounding menstruation means that women and girls are discriminated against, excluded from society, and have fewer opportunities than men for a significant portion of their lives.
SDG 6: clean water and sanitation. Access to clean water and sanitation is vital to managing periods safely and hygienically.
SDG 8: decent work and economic growth. Period-friendly work environments contribute to decent work conditions and increase productivity.
SDG 12: responsible consumption and production. Most menstrual products are single-use and contain plastic elements or packaging, contributing to waste challenges.
At LIDE Infinite Skills Africa (LIDEISA), we believe that menstruation is directly linked to SDGs, thus our resolve to take real actions to for SDGs.