My First Period

To commemorate this year's Menstrual Hygiene Day, which is celebrated each year on May 28 with Menstruation Matters, the Community Champions of the World Pulse Sub Saharan Africa Group wish to launch a campaign called "My First Period."

We are calling upon women from around the world to share stories of:;

1) The first time you had your monthly period,

2) If you did not have access to sanitary napkins, what did you use instead of sanitary napkins,

3) Were there any myths or taboos around menstruation in your community?

4) In your opinion, how do you think this problem can be solved or has this already been solved in your community?

5) Are you a menstrual hygiene activist in your community? If so, we would love for you to share your solutions with us!

Women are welcomed to submit either short stories or essays.

A few stories will be selected and published on the World Pulse Facebook page as well as the Sub-Saharan Africa Group page on

The Sub-Saharan Africa Group is a newly created group here on World Pulse, and we are so excited to launch our first campaign. We are inviting you to share your stories and thoughts.

Why Participate?

1.) Your participation is very important as it might bring forth the solutions to long standing myths, stigmas and taboos surrounding menstruation.

2. Selected posts will be featured on the World Pulse Sub-Saharan Africa Group on and on the World Pulse Facebook page.

3. All participants will get to be featured on a special post in the World Pulse

Sub-Saharan Africa Group dedicated to the campaign at the end of every week.

Submissions can be done with or without images.
Video submissions are also very welcome.

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