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A girls' club in Nyarongi, Kenya, meets to discuss issues like sexual harassment

New research by ActionAid highlights the impact of sexual harassment and misogyny on women and girls around the world, with some girls as young as 14 worrying daily about being harassed.  

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

#MyBodyIsMine on World Menstrual Hygiene Day

Posted in Blogs 1 year 4 months 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."

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.