Fifteen-year-old Sylvia used to miss up to five days of school every month, just because of her period.
In her community in Chiradzulu, Malawi, many girls don’t have access to safe, hygienic sanitary products or private spaces in which to use them.
Girls like Sylvia regularly miss days of school as a result, or even drop out altogether.
Missing out on an education can have a devastating impact on a girl’s life. It means she is more vulnerable to violence, abuse, child marriage and early pregnancy.
But an ActionAid project has changed Sylvia’s life. ActionAid has helped local women learn how to make safe, re-usable sanitary pads, and has given them free to girls at school. Now, Sylvia can keep going to school during her period.
No girl should be held back because of period poverty. Please donate £7 a month to help girls like Sylvia stay in school and manage their periods with dignity.
Your donation can help tackle period poverty
ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.
Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.
We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
We're committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women's economic empowerment, and supporting women's and girls' rights during humanitarian crises.
Photos: ActionAid/Samantha Reinders; Poulomi Basu/ActionAid
Page updated 23 May 2022