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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. 

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Page updated 26 November 2019