The Realities of Period Poverty: How Menstruation Deprives Women and Girls the Opportunity to Strive

No woman or girl should be held back by menstrual periods. Availability of sanitary towels and hygienic safe spaces in which to use them, the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma MUST be a given for anyone who menstruates.  Yet for many, this is too far from being their reality. The subject of menstruation is taken as a taboo with many negative cultural attributes associated with it, including the idea that menstruating women and girls are 'contaminated’, ‘dirty’ and ‘impure’ and for some the onset of periods means the girl is ready for marriage. Period poverty is not just a potential health...

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