#HappyFlow Monday Challenge – How do I join?

The #HappyFlow Monday Challenge has been on the go for a number of months – if you’re wondering how to get involved, you can find out more here.

How to get involved in the #HappyFlow Monday Challenge:

  1. If you haven’t already done so, join the Sex Rights Africa Network
  2. Take a selfie or a picture of yourself wearing your MHM T-shirt or engaged in MHM activities
  3. Add an educational or advocacy message (text), using #HappyFlowMonday and #ExpectRespect, and a link to the Free Sanitary Wear petition at http://bit.ly/2SvusWg.
  4. Send your picture and message to abbeyhudson@aids.org.za with the subject line ‘HappyFlow Monday’, or to one of the SRAN whatsapp groups

The Sex Rights Africa Network will then share your #HappyFlow Challenge on the website and on social media.

Take a look at previous #HappyFlow Monday selfies and messages:

Thuthukile Mbatha:

Restore dignity to young girls and women!!! No girl should suffer the shame of using toilet paper, cloth or cow dung in this day and age. The constitution guarantees everyone dignity, how is that right going to be realized without keeping girls in schools through providing free eco-friendly sanitary pads? #freesanitarywearinafrica #happyflow=happygirls

HRH Princess Sekhothali Seeiso:

HAPPY FLOW MONDAY 🧚🏽‍♀️ No female should have to resort to pregnancy because they can not afford PADS.
Having a period should not feel like a sin.
Stigma around menstruation is a violation to human rights, mainly the right to human dignity.
Let’s join hands girls and boys and follow @sexrightsafricanetwork to sign the petition to get free sanitary wear in Africa.

I’ve signed 💃🏽 Let’s work towards a Healthy, Sexy, Equal, Free Africa.

#princessdiaries #expectrespect #equalitydignityperiod #happyflowcampain #sexrightsafricanetwork #healthyperiod #freesanitarypads #africa #sexualreproductivehealthrights #humanrights #lesotho #lesothoroyalty #princesswithapurpose #mosotho#healthrights #aidssouthafrica #srhr #captions #captured #photography #moments

Rugare Shalom Zimunya:

Happy Monday, Happy Flow. Menstruation is a part of a girls life, period. Let’s continue to advocate for Free Sanitary Wear In Africa.

Engendered men are not endangered! As men we need to take an active role as allies to bring the menstruation rights & dignity conversation higher up the development agenda in the home & community. It’s in the national & global interest to show that menstruation matters as we strive for equality, dignity, period! #MenstruationMatters #HappyFlow #ExpectRespect

Thabisani Ncube, Country Director, The Foundation for Tomorrow – Tanzania

Cameron Kakande – We can’t sit down and be silent about #MenstrualHealth. Our mothers, Sisters, Aunts, Cousins and Children go through it every Month. Something must be done and it must be done now. This is an effort between life and Healthy Dignity for our sisters and women. #RaiseYourVoice for Free Sanitary Wear in Africa. It’s very OKAY and normal for women to be on #Periods No one has died from it Yet- I guess  #HappyFlowMonday #HappyFlowCampaign #ExpectRespect #Equality #Dignity #Period #OGERA_Uganda #MenOfTheNightUganda
Audrey Chabveka – Raise awareness about the rights of people with disabilities and the MHM needs for girls and women with disabilities. There should be access to relevant information be it in the form of tactical tools or more audio-visual materials with sign language. Disability should be considered in the design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation of any intervention. #HappyFlowCampaign #ExpectRespect #Equality #Dignity #Period
Armel Azihar:We need an Africa where  girls will be free to experience their periods with dignity and be able to attend school, fight against stigma and discrimination. #ExpectRespect #MyHealthFirst
Urvashi Appiah and Afia Precious Simpande:

Zambia and Mauritius joining hands to support the Happy Flow Campaign.  Menstruation is not a choice and menstrual hygiene is a must! For a healthy, sexy, equal and free Africa! #EqualityDignityPeriod #ExpectRespect

Joseph Njowa:

As a young man who is part of a family and a community I have a key role with regards to menstrual Health. Young boys and men should support their fellow young girls and women during menstruation. Everyone is a product of the ability to Menstruate and Menstruation symbolizes the power of a woman which is to give life hence Menstruation should be celebrated through creating an enabling environment for a Happy Menstrual Flow #ExpectRespect