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Support For Menstruating Women With Disabilities Can Prevent Human Rights Abuses

Huffington Post: End the Stigma: Why Menstruation Matters to Women’s Rights
Kriti Sharma, disability rights fellow at Human Rights Watch

“…[On] May 28, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations will celebrate the first-ever Menstrual Hygiene Management Day. Around the world, countless women and girls with disabilities face stigma, often lack awareness, and may have difficulty in moving, dressing, or using the bathroom independently. … A basic human function like menstruation should no longer be a justification for denying women and girls with disabilities their basic human rights. … Worldwide, grave human rights abuses can be avoided by providing adequate support to women and girls with disabilities during menstruation. They should have the right to be, simply, women” (5/28).

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