On Menstrual Hygiene Day, the International Cricket Council (ICC) renews its commitment to the health and welfare of female cricketers through the 100% Cricket initiative. The ICC expands its ongoing education and awareness programs on women’s health, aiming to normalize conversations, including menstruation, within sporting environments.
The ICC initiated this effort earlier this year with women’s health education workshops held in South Africa for players and support staff during the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup and the senior Women’s T20 World Cup. The ICC continues its work and celebration of Menstrual Hygiene Day.
The objective is to promote dialogue and raise awareness about women’s health and menstrual cycles within the cricket ecosystem. The U19 Women’s T20 World Cup focused primarily on menstrual health, while the Women’s T20 World Cup expanded the education to include breast and pelvic floor health. The goal was to educate players and support staff on the impact of women’s health on performance, normalizing discussions and knowing when to seek assistance.
In 2023, health education workshops will be expanded beyond global events and delivered at ICC Women’s T20 World Cup pathway events across the five participating regions. The first of these workshops will commence at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Division 2 Qualifier in Jersey, starting on Monday (29 May 2023).
Dr. Peter Harcourt, Chair of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee, expressed satisfaction with the positive feedback received from players and support staff at the menstrual health workshops conducted during the South African events. He emphasized the ICC’s focus on building awareness, delivering education, and providing effective support for female cricketers in the area of women’s health.
Additionally, the ICC collaborates closely with its Members on women’s health initiatives and utilizes the 100% Cricket initiative as a platform to highlight the work being done by members in this space. The ICC’s 100% Cricket website features a menstrual health module developed by the England and Wales Cricket Board Women’s Health Group.
To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day, the ICC released awareness-building videos in English and Hindi, featuring 100% Cricket Ambassador Mithali Raj, World Cup winner Lydia Greenway, former South Africa captain Mignon du Preez, and other prominent figures in women’s cricket. These videos and future content can be found on the new Women’s Health page on the ICC 100% Cricket website.