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How your monthly gift can help end period poverty

If you’ve ever been helped out with a spare pad, or tampon – pass on the favour to someone in need. Giving a monthly gift could help women and girls with the sanitary products they need, every month.

Why we work to end period poverty

Access to sanitary products and safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them is essential for anyone who menstruates. So is the right to manage our periods without shame or stigma

But around the world, millions of women and girls can’t afford or don’t have access to the safe sanitary products they need. 

A lack of access to sanitary products means some are forced to manage their periods in dangerous, unsanitary and ineffective ways

And it’s not only the potential health risk – period poverty can also mean women and girls’ education, well-being, and sometimes entire lives are affected

What ActionAid does

ActionAid work with women and girls, community leaders, men and boys, schools and governments to help end period poverty around the world — once and for all

  • In many of the world’s poorest countries, we train women and girls to make safe, reusable sanitary pads, which are affordable and sustainable.  
  • In our girls’ clubs and safe spaces in schools, we help girls learn about periods, sex and pregnancy, so girls are better informed about their bodies and can manage their periods without shame. 
  • And in humanitarian crises, we distribute hygiene kits containing sanitary pads, soap and clean underwear, so women and girls can manage their periods safely and with dignity. 

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Like many women and girls in refugee camps, Hibaq struggles to manage her periods hygienically

Karin Schermbrucker/ActionAid

How ActionAid helps women and girls like Hibaq

15-year-old Hibaq lives in a camp for displaced people in Somaliland. 

She's been there since 2017, when devastating droughts in her country meant her family lost their entire livelihood.

"When the drought got serious we started to move from one place to another," she said.

My legs couldn’t manage that journey, walking from one place to another. It was so painful."

Like many women and girls, Hibaq struggled to manage aspects of her periods due to the living conditions in the camp. There are no private toilets for women, and nowhere Hibaq can wash her clothes and underwear. It's a two-hour journey to collect water so she can stay clean.

ActionAid have been distributing hygiene kits for women and girls in the camp, containing essentials like sanitary pads, soap and underwear.

It means that even when they've lost everything, girls like Hibaq can still manage their periods safely, and with dignity

 

Share a better period with a girl like Hibaq

About ActionAid

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.

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Page updated 13 August 2020