SNV Bangladesh celebrates Menstrual Hygiene Week


On 28 May - Menstrual Hygiene Day, SNV Bangladesh kicked off a week-long awareness campaign targeting Ready Made Garment workers in Bangladesh. The garment sector is Bangladesh's biggest employer of women, making it the perfect focus for efforts to build awareness on menstrual health and to break down taboos around menstruation. Over 89% of Bangladesh's 78.4 million women still use rags instead of sanitary napkins, compromising their health, productivity and dignity with the risk of embarrassing leaks and harmful infections.

With activities in 10 factories during the week, SNV worked with a total of 1,300 garment workers to build awareness on this important topic, including quizzes with hygiene products as prizes, and documentary screenings. 

SNV Bangladesh's Menstrual Hygiene Day activities took place under the Working with Women Project that works in promoting Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights for Business Success in Bangladesh's Garments Industry, which aims to promote, incentivise, support and reward the adoption of inclusive business practices in the garment industry, with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights.




Eligibility criteria

  • The solution must be economically viable either in the form of a social or for-profit business
  • The solution must have a positive impact on the climate, environment and community
  • SMEs must be located in the Ashanti or Western Regions or have operations in the regions (for instance as a source of input or with an operational office). SMEs must have been operating in the Ashanti or Western regions for at least a year
  • The solution must be in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and/or Agriculture sectors
  • The solution must have been developed and ready to go to market (at least a working prototype or demo) or already on the market with existing customers
  • The lead entrepreneur must be between 18-35 years. Women entrepreneurs can be older than 35 but no older than 40 years
  • Priority will be given to businesses led by women-led and/or returning migrants


Financial requirements

  • The GrEEn Challenge Fund will contribute up to €25,000 of the funds needed for the proposed initiative for eight (8) SMEs
  • The SMEs will co-invest on a 20:80 basis with cash and in-kind contributions
  • The SMEs are required to have at least 10% equity as their co-investment. Any in-kind contribution must be specific and directly related to the project
  • The cash contribution can be recently procured direct capital expenditure (equipment, physical assets etc) or project operational expenses


Targeted regions

  • Ashanti and
  • Western regions


Application process

The application process is as follows:

  1. Apply for the GrEEn Innovation Challenge through its online application portal here.
  2. Complete the online application by sharing a link to a 30 seconds (max) video/demo of the business/solutions to before submitting your online application. Video can be uploaded to an accessible cloud drive or on YouTube



Sunday, 25 July 2021 at 23:59 GMT.