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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 9 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. 

Lavender lives in Nyarongi, Kenya, where many girls are affected by period poverty.

Period poverty is a problem. One in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their period because they don’t have access to sanitary products, or because there aren’t safe, private toilets for them to use at school.1 In a class of thirty girls, that means three students are falling behind with their studies every month. Simply because they’re girls. When girls can't afford to buy sanitary products, it can stop them from achieving their full potential. Find out how period poverty is affecting girls in Nyarongi, Kenya, and how you can help make sure that periods don't hold girls back.

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

#MyBodyIsMine on World Menstrual Hygiene Day

Posted in Blogs 10 months 5 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. 

Sign outside the ActionAid tent at Latitude 2017

Having your period at a festival can be a bit of a nightmare, when clean loos and sanitary items are hard to come by. Millions of women and girls around the world face these challenges on a monthly basis – no sanitary products, no proper toilets, no clean water - often causing them to drop out of education.That's why we were at Latitude Festival over the weekend – to bust period taboos and fundraise to help keep girls in school when they have their period. Check out our highlights - in pictures.

Purity, 13, and Abigail, 14, used to miss school in West Pokot, Kenya, because they couldn’t afford sanitary towels.

The recent news that Kenya’s government will give free sanitary towels are to schoolgirls is a big step towards making sure they don't have to drop out of school when they have their period. It's unfair that millions of girls in the developing world are held back by their periods - so we welcome this move to ensure that all schoolgirls in Kenya have access to sanitary towels and tampons.

ActionAid Greece worker Anna distributes dignity kits at a women's friendly space on Lesvos.

Why menstruation matters for refugee women

Posted in Blogs 1 year 9 months ago

Providing sanitary kits to women, which include sanitary towels, underwear, wet wipes, a soap bar, a toothbrush and toothpaste, has been a key part of ActionAid Greece's response to the refugee crisis since November 2015. We have distributed 41,000 sanitary kits so far: initially through women friendly spaces in camps on the island of Lesvos, and now in camps in Athens. Mel Phadtare, the Head of Humanitarian Response Program for ActionAid Greece, explains why these kits are so essential, based on her team on the ground's observations.