Year: 2018 | Month: May | Volume: 8 | Issue: 5 | Pages: 337-387
Role of Menstrual Hygiene in Sustainable Development Goals
Dr. Anuradha R Tiwary
Assistant Professor (Economics Department), GDGWI, Lancaster University, Gurgoan, India
This article is a reminder to focus our attention on menstrual hygiene practices that inhibit healthy and sustainable living. Although with advancing technologies, nations are geared to embrace the 21st century, there is a huge female population that awaits proper education and wellbeing. Menstruation being the natural and a biological process in every females life it is heavily stigmatized and the taboos associated with it, make matters worse for women. The immediate consequences are on menstrual hygiene, which in turn impact health and education significantly. The paper is an alarm to take immediate action, as the perils of insufficient menstrual hygiene practices and lack of attention have a ripple effect on the socioeconomic development of the nation. Moreover, its impact on health and environment can’t be ignored. A review of studies also explores why menstrual hygiene is essential to achieve many of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the way forward.
Key words: Menstruation, Menstrual Hygiene, Sustainable development , education, taboos, health