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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

Posted in Blogs 11 months 3 weeks ago

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. 

A 'vote yes' poster in Dublin, Ireland, before the referendum.

The result of the Irish referendum has been greeted with a sigh of relief by those who cherish women’s rights across the world. But the fierce debate that has gripped Irish society in recent weeks is no isolated matter. Instead, we should see it in the context of disputes being played out in every corner of our planet about the relationship between women and their bodies, and their power – or lack of power – to decide what happens to them.

Rama Bhandari, 20, is campaigning to end harmful period practices in Nepal.

#MyBodyIsMine on World Menstrual Hygiene Day

Posted in Blogs 12 months 3 days ago

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. That's why on World Menstrual Hygiene Day ActionAid is helping women and girls say #MyBodyIsMine, by ensuring that their periods don't hold them back. 

Zeinab Mohamed Hassan, a women's rights coordinator at ActionAid Somaliland, says "My body is mine means nobody can take a decision about my body, except for me."

This International Women's Day, we're encouraging everyone to write #MyBodyIsMine on their body, take a picture, and share it on social media. Why? Because so often women and girls’ bodies are not seen as their own, but as the property of men, for them to exploit and control. Local women's groups are the strongest advocates against all forms of violence against women and girls. We asked some of the women who we work with what #MyBodyIsMine means to them, and why they are standing up and speaking out. 

Charli Howard says #MyBodyIsMine.

When Muse model and Misfit author Charli Howard was told to lose another inch, she was a size six and eating an apple a day. After years of feeling that she wasn't in control of her own body, she decided to speak out against the pressures she faced. Today, she stands firmly behind female survivors of abuse and violence, and is committed to ActionAid's #MyBodyIsMine campaign to raise awareness of women and girls' right to ownership over their bodies.

Women fight against violence in Bangladesh

With London Fashion Week coming to a close and Milan Fashion Week about to begin, ActionAid looks at the mountain of challenges that garment workers still face everyday in the ugly business of fast fashion.