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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. 

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....

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 1 month ago

‘The blob’, ‘Aunty Flow’ - whatever you call periods, this week they've been all over the news, and it's about to be all over your Facebook timeline too. At last, we're talking about the fact that half (or thereabouts) of the population of the world bleed out of their private parts once a month. About time too.

Just a few of photo stories of women and children that we've shared on Instagram in 2015.

From the Nepal earthquakes to the escalating refugee crisis - throughout the year we have been sharing images on Instagram of the women and children we support around the world. Here are your favourite #PhotosOfTheWeek from 2015. We hope you enjoy them and - if you don't already - why not join us on Instagram for more powerful pictures in 2016?

2014's cast members and director of the play 'Nirbhaya' by ActionAid's installation

This week, NIRBHAYA the Play makes its return to the London stage after a tour which has taken it to India and New York. Its appearance a year ago left a marked impression on me and indeed many of the audience.