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.
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.