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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 10 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. 

Celebrities share their period confessions.

Celebrities share their period confessions

Posted in Blogs 1 year 10 months ago

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you on your period? Bet you don’t have to think about it for long because, let’s face it, everyone’s got a story. But to show you that it’s not just you we’ve asked some amazing women we know from all walks of life to openly share their period stories, so that we can smash those taboos once and for all - and encourage women to talk about menstruation more openly.  

1 in 4 women in the UK don't understand their menstrual cycle, a new YouGov poll shows.

Do you understand how your menstrual cycle works? If you don't, you're not alone. New research carried out by YouGov for ActionAid found that a quarter of women in the UK who are aged between 16-39 don't understand their menstrual cycle. Taboos and secrecy around periods affect women and girls across the world. We're kickstarting a conversation in the run up to World Menstrual Hygiene Day this Sunday, so that women and girls aren't held back by a natural process that should be celebrated not shamed. 

The Sanitary Superheroes, illustrated by Daisy Bernard.

Which #SanitarySuperhero are you?

Posted in Blogs 1 year 11 months ago

Girls can change the world - which is why they shouldn’t be held back by not having access to sanitary towels. We know that girl + sanitary towel = superhero. With a sanitary towel, girls can stay in school, become strong, empowered and educated, and able to reach their full potential. So to celebrate World Menstrual Hygiene Day, take our quiz to find out which sanitary superhero you are! Then share with your friends and get them to find out theirs....

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.

Festival-goers partying away at Latitude 2015. You certainly can’t dance on someone’s shoulders like that if you’re on your period without a sanitary towel!

Yes, it's the time of the month to talk about periods again. I always get super excited about festivals – the music, the dancing, the food... but this week I’m even more excited than usual, because not only am I going to Latitude - one of the UK's best music and culture festivals - but I'm going there with the ActionAid team to do something pretty out there - bust period taboos!