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We distribute sanitary kits like this to women in emergencies. This kit is for a refugee woman on Lesvos.

Why everyone's talking about periods

Posted in Blogs 3 years 7 months ago

‘The blob’, ‘Aunty Flow’, "Shark Week" - there are nearly 5000 euphemisms for periods. We want to end the secrecy around menstruation so girls and women can go to school and work without stigma or shame. 

ActionAid believes periods are a right and not a privilege. We celebrate periods by setting up girls' forums such as this one in Liberia where girls can freely discuss their sexual and reproductive rights.

In some countries around the world, families and whole communities celebrate a girl reaching puberty as a coming-of-age occasion.  Find out how periods are acknowledged and celebrated from the UK to Japan. 

We challenged ourselves to make and try out reusable sanitary towels, similar to the ones that women and girls in Nepal make

The team at ActionAid made our own reusable sanitary pads, tried them out and reviewed them. What was the verdict?

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. 

Girls like 14-year-old Geeta in Nepal face being banished from home every month when they have their period

Why stigma makes periods even more painful

Posted in Blogs 1 year 4 months ago

Period stigma and shame can be found everywhere but an extreme form of period shaming called Chhaupadi is stilkl practiced in parts of Nepal.

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

Find out how period poverty is affecting women and girls around the world - including the shocking links between periods and violence that might surprise you.