This study on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) was conducted in Niger, and focused on four regions: Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua and Tillabéri. It was carried out under the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in West and Central Africa, implemented by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and UN Women.
The main objective of the study is to examine and analyse behaviours and practices related to MHM and their impact on the living conditions of sedentary and nomadic women and girls in Niger. It also looks at MHM in public policy. Data were collected from regional and local leaders and from the general population, using a mixed research method that combined quantitative and qualitative approaches. The sample used for the quantitative data was randomly drawn from women and girls aged 12 to 49 years and men aged between 15 and 49 years. A total of 1,310 people took part (868 women and 442 men) in the research.
The findings of the study reveal various shortcomings, especially in rural areas and, more specifically, among nomadic populations. It highlights that women and girls can fully participate in society and the economy and lead active lives in school, work and leisure if they are better informed. The study also recommends that MHM needs to be clearly articulated in public policies and national strategies with associated budgets and monitoring systems.