World Menstrual Hygiene Day Appeal | ActionAid UK

A regular gift from you could help vulnerable women and girls manage their periods with dignity.

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£15 a month could…

Help fund our outreach work towards ending the practice of chhaupadi

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£10 a month could…

Help fund workshops to teach girls how to make their own reusable sanitary towels

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£3 a month could…

Provide hygiene kits containing sanitary towels for girls who can’t afford them

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Menstruation shouldn’t hold girls back. Period. 

Millions of girls across the world don’t have access to clean and safe sanitary protection. But sanitary products aren’t a luxury – they’re essential.

  • Girls who can’t afford sanitary pads are often forced to miss school during their period. They’re more likely to drop out completely and are prevented from achieving their potential. 
  • The taboos around menstruation can make starting your period frightening and confusing. Without reproductive education, girls are more likely to experience shame and stigma.
  • In humanitarian disasters, women and girls are forced to use improvised methods of sanitary protection – such as torn pieces of clothing and rags — that can cause serious and painful infections.

How ActionAid is helping girls around the world manage their periods with dignity

  • ActionAid trains women and girls to make safe, reusable sanitary pads so they always have access to clean and affordable sanitary products. 
  • In our girls’ clubs and safe spaces in schools, we provide information about periods, sex and pregnancy, so girls are better informed about their bodies. 
  • During humanitarian emergencies, we provide hygiene kits containing sanitary towels, soap and clean underwear, to help women and girls manage their periods safely. 
  • We’re working with local communities to end the practice of chhaupadi for good. 

Gauri, 26 (pictured below), is campaigning to end chhaupadi in her community in Western Nepal. When she was younger, Gauri was banished every month during her period. She had to sleep below a goat shed and when the animals urinated it would seep through the floor and drip on her. This experience motivated her to join an ActionAid-supported women’s group, where she learnt about her rights and her reproductive health. Gauri no longer practises chaaupadi and is campaigning in her local community to bring the practice to an end. 

Read more about our work on menstrual hygiene

The bloody taboo: how chhaupadi is putting Nepalese girls in danger

5 June 2018

In parts of western Nepal, girls are banished from home during their periods. Find out why this is and how it affects young girls.

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What’s the link between period poverty and violence?

31 May 2018, Sarah Murphy

Period poverty can stop girls achieving their potential. But it can also put them at greater risk of being exposed to violence. Find out how.

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#MyBodyIsMine on World Menstrual Hygiene Day

24 May 2018, Alexa Phillips

Menstrual care is a human right. When women and girls are denied the ability to manage their periods with dignity, cycles of poverty and gender inequality become harder to break.

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Page updated 31 August 2018