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Girls like 14-year-old Geeta in Nepal face being banished from home every month when they have their period

Why stigma makes periods even more painful

Himaya Quasem – Communications team

“I’m on my period.” Four words describing a perfectly natural bodily function that we very rarely hear being said aloud in public. Why? It’s because of a misogynistic myth that a bleeding woman’s or girl’s body is somehow impure and must be hidden away.

A future doctor and a future chef dress up for Big Me!

Big Me week - running from 8-12 October - is ActionAid's easy fundraising day for primary schools. Children dream big, dress up as what they want to be when they grow up and raise money to change lives.

I'm a teacher at Mora Primary School in London and we took part in Big Me early to test it out. We had a fun-filled day learning about each other's dreams and children's lives around the world. Here's three great reasons to take part in Big Me.

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James Purefoy stars in our Father's Day football film

James Purefoy – Actor and ActionAid Ambassador

This Father's Day, actor, dad of four and Yeovil Town FC fan James Purefoy is starring in a film to raise awareness of our work to end violence against women and girls. He explains why he believes that men must be involved as part of the solution, and his hopes for his daughter, Rose.

Sally Dynevor and her daughter visit Reena, one of the girls they sponsor through ActionAid in India.

The world I want to pass on to my kids

Sally Dynevor – TV actor and Coronation Street star

As part of our #NotThisGirl appeal, star of Coronation Street Sally Dynevor writes about the injustices girls worldwide face and what she hopes will be achieved for the next generation.

Two girls holding ActionAid's 'No more taboos' sign. We need girls to know that positive attitudes about periods are vital to their development.

Why I openly talk about my period

Lauren Layfield – TV presenter

TV presenter, Lauren Layfield, wants to normalise the way we talk about periods. She wants girls to be able to talk positively about their menstrual hygiene and have the confidence to stand up and say #MyBodyIsMine. 

As part of our World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018 appeal, Lauren writes about the impact of period taboos and why we all need to start talking openly about menstruation. 

Lavender lives in Nyarongi, Kenya, where many girls are affected by period poverty.

Period poverty is a problem. One in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their period because they don’t have access to sanitary products, or because there aren’t safe, private toilets for them to use at school.1 In a class of thirty girls, that means three students are falling behind with their studies every month. Simply because they’re girls.

When girls can't afford to buy sanitary products, it can stop them from achieving their full potential. Find out how period poverty is affecting girls in Nyarongi, Kenya, and how you can help make sure that periods don't hold girls back.