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Reusable sanitary pads can help end period poverty around the world

How to make your own reusable sanitary pads

Posted in Blogs 1 month 3 weeks ago

Follow our step-by-step guide to make your own eco-friendly, reusable sanitary pads - the same method used by women and girls in Nepal to manage their periods.

Sanitary pads provided to school girls as part of an ActionAid project in Nyanza, Rwanda

Menstrual care isn’t a luxury - for most women, it’s something we simply can’t live without. Despite this, statistics show that millions of us are affected by period poverty. Here's why menstrual hygiene is a right, not a privilege. 

Netflix's 'Period. End of Sentence.' tells the story of a group of women overcoming period poverty and shame

Netflix's new documentary 'Period. End of Sentence.' is up for an Oscar; here's why it is essential viewing that proves the transformative power of ending period shame. 

No more taboos: we need girls to know that positive attitudes about periods are vital to their development.

TV presenter Lauren Layfield wants to normalise the way we talk about periods. So to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, she discusses the impact of period taboos, and why we should all start talking openly about our periods. 

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

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. 

ActionAid volunteers giving out Bodyform sanitary pads at Latitude Festival 2016

"Hi, have you got two minutes to talk about periods?" Not the easiest of questions to ask complete strangers, but this is what team ActionAid were doing at Latitude Festival last week. Whether you were there or not, if you care about breaking period taboos we thought you'd enjoy these photo highlights.