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Period poverty is a global issue affecting those who don’t have access to the safe, hygienic menstrual products they need and/or who cannot manage their periods with dignity, sometimes due to community stigma and sanction.

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Menstrual hygiene is vital to the dignity and wellbeing of women and girls and an essential part of basic hygiene, sanitation, and reproductive health services for which every woman and girl has a right. Unfortunately, menstruation is too often seen as a taboo, with many negative cultural attitudes associated with it, including the idea that menstruating women and girls are ‘contaminated’, ‘dirty’ and ‘impure’.According to (WSSCC 2012), 300 million women, including schoolgirls, experience menstrual flow every day.

However, girls in rural primary and secondary schools who have reached puberty do not have access to appropriate sanitary wear during their monthly menstrual, Thus, ending up using local pads like rags, raw cotton, and maize cobs, but due to the lack of clean water in most of the rural schools washing of these local reusable pads’ posse serious challenges. First, if the girls attend schools without proper sanitary wear, their uniforms soil with blood and may suffer psychologically due to embarrassment.

Period poverty is a global issue affecting those who don’t have access to the safe, hygienic menstrual products they need and/or who cannot manage their periods with dignity, sometimes due to community stigma and sanction.With this initiative, we will provide hygienic pads to those in need as much as we can afford. Every month each girl will be provided with two packs (which can last a month) of disposable sanitary pads.​

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Rest assured that 95% of your donation will go directly towards supporting the project and making a positive impact. In addition, the remaining 5% will be invested in our fundraising efforts, allowing us to reach even more people and make an even greater impact.

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What is period poverty?

Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints; this can be caused by a wide range of life events that negatively impact a girl or woman’s ability to access sanitary products to manage a most intimate and regular occurrence in her life.

Period poverty can lead to physical health problems. Without access to pads or tampons, girls may resort to using dirty rags or leaves during their periods. This can cause infections and other medical problems, especially in countries where female genital mutilation (FGM) still takes place.

 

 

Menstrual inequity is an undeniable driver of school absenteeism — but that’s not all. Stigma (that fuels teasing from classmates), inadequate bathroom (WASH) facilities and shame also negatively impact menstruators’ participation in school and lead to worse overall educational outcomes.

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