Period is pandemic

Bakhita.Atit
Posted May 29, 2020 from South Sudan

Period Period Period! This has been going on for ages since the beginning of humanity and yet the world doesn't recognize that it is a pandemic. Covid-19 Just existed for less than 8 months and the world most powerful organizations, businesses and health actors are going crazy to find a cure for it. I mean WHY? Is it because it affects both sex young or old while period does not? Humanity exist because we bleed and i think that's enough reason for the world to go crazy to protect us women. We know that without our periods there would be no single life existing on the planet , and i am calling on the world to make this a priority and provide our young girls with sanitary towels to help escalate their learning and live freely and well pleased in their own communities. Period is not equal to stop and it will not stop us, we are rising we are coming and we will fight the period stigma. 

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Jill Langhus
May 29
May 29

Hello Bakhita,

Welcome to World Pulse! How are you? Thanks for sharing your powerful photo and post! You definitely make a valid point. This definitely sounds like a topic that you're passionate about. Do you have a NGO and this is your mission, or is this just something you're passionate about? I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you and learning more about your goals and what you're passionate about.

Hope you have a good, safe weekend.

Bakhita.Atit
May 31
May 31

Hello Jill,
Thanks for your reply. It really pissed me off when the world gets so overwhelmed with some situations such us Covid-19. We need to bring to the world's attention now more than ever that it needs to recognize menstruation as an emergency, well it is an emergency for as long as women will continue to exist.
As you've asked i don't have an organization. I graduated in 2018 and currently undergoing internship with the Catholic Relief Services (Juba), and yeah we run a small forum called Wau Young Women Forum. We basically aimed to support and influence the young women's personal development through community interactions and capacity building. We need to make sure our young girls step up in action and advocate for their rights such as education and many more
South Sudan is known to be one of the countries where rate of illiteracy outweighs the literacy and in such a scenario you can imagine where woman and girls are.
So if a young woman like me had an opportunity to be enlightened, then i have responsibility not to leave my sister next door in the dark. And i believe women power is unstoppable, together we can do grate things.

Jill Langhus
Jun 01
Jun 01

Hello Dear,

You're welcome. Oh, I see. Yes, I agree.

Thanks for clarifying your work and goals. What degree did you get, dear? I'm looking forward to hearing more about your long-term goals, too.

Yes, we are unstoppable!

Hello, Bakhita,

Welcome to World Pulse! Wow, we are so happy that a new voice from South Sudan is rising up.

You made a good point. If the world could mass produce thousands or millions of facial masks in a short period of time, and some of it are given for free, then why can it not be done dor menstrual pads or cups for women and girls?

It clearly opens our eyes that this was never a priority. Thank you for expressing your thoughts.

We’d love to hear more from you and your journery. We hope you can connect with our sisters here especially those who share the same passion as you.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood. Please stay safe.

Bakhita.Atit
May 31
May 31

Hello Karen
Thank you for taking your time to read my story. I am glade to be part of World pulse, thanks for welcoming me. Looking forward to listen and learn from the powerful women of this platform.
Thanks once again,

You are welcome, dear! You write well. Keep it up. :)