Period Pride - Enough with the Taboo

Trine Angeline Sig
Posted March 6, 2019 from Denmark

Ending Period Poverty is possible if everybody joins the fight!

We know that no matter where girls live in the world, they all share similar experiences when   menstruating. For girls that struggle with poverty and homelessness, accessing feminine hygiene products can be a real challenge. Period Poverty has for long remained a hidden problem that continue to hinder young girls from reaching their academic goal because they get to miss school at least four days each month every year until they complete their studies.

 

Girls’ education is challenged in the developing world due to many factors. Culture and tradition, family income and parental education levels all play a role in girls’ educational participation and performance.

We have launched Period Pride – Keep our GIRLS in School, a unique global initiative mobilizing corporates, governments and philanthropic supporters to be able to keep our girls in school. The aim is to furnish girls from impoverished backgrounds with educational material as well as intelligent solutions i.e. The SafepadTM - a unique reusable pad with anti-microbial bonding technology, that offers the girls an infection free period.

This project will guide young girls through the physical and emotional aspects of their transition to adulthood by providing them with menstrual sanitary material and information to manage their menstruation.

Together with my friend Thelma Musanhu from Zimbabwe, we will launch a campaign on Friday the 8th of March.

Its called Period Pride and I hope you will follow us, share the campaign and support it - as we must put menstruation on the agenda. We must eliminate period poverty - we must give our girls Period Pride!

In many communities around the world, the topic related to menstruation is still a taboo. Periods are seen as something dirty that should be kept hidden and not talked about. It can create sentiments of shame, embarrassment and uncomfortableness for who is experiencing it.

This results in young girls using unconventional material to handle their menstrual cycles, mainly because they are afraid or embarrassed to ask for help when needs arises. When a young girl doesn’t feel comfortable or supported to talk about her period when in need of proper products and knowledge, she loses confidence and joy in herself and in the society she is growing in.

WE WANT YOUNG GIRLS TO TALK ABOUT PERIODS FREELY AND OPENLY, ENABLING THEM TO EASILY GET HELP AND SUPPORT WITHOUT BEING DISCRIMINATED.

#nomoretaboo #breakthesilence

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Jill Langhus
Mar 06
Mar 06

Hi Trine,

What a great initiative! Thanks for sharing your new program, product and launch. What is the link, or page to follow?

You might want to consider submitting this post for the current call for stories, "Change starts with a story." If so, this is the link: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/story-awards/89833

Hope you're having a good day!

Trine Angeline Sig
Mar 25
Mar 25

Thanks - will difinitely give it a try :-)

Jill Langhus
Mar 26
Mar 26

You're welcome. Looking forward to seeing updates.

Ahdi Hassan
Mar 07
Mar 07

The most powerful way I've been able to tell your story and help others is through your story, and now we have a chance to get your name, story, and message to the world.

Trine Angeline Sig
Mar 25
Mar 25

Thanks for helping us spread the word - needed and appreciated.

Salma Malik
Mar 24
Mar 24

Indeed it is a great story which can be a landmark in change every girl life within that specific time period.Young girls feel free to share their internal problems regarding menstruating.

Trine Angeline Sig
Mar 25
Mar 25

Its so important! Thanks for following and sharing information about the campaign. Together we rock!

Paulina Nayra
Mar 25
Mar 25

Dear Trine,
Period Pride is a laudable endeavor to educate girls and society about menstrual period. Won't you believe it, even if talking about menstruation is not a taboo in our country where girls and young women have access to menstrual hygiene, there are still prevailing myths about menstruation especially on the first menarche. Examples are: the girl should wash her face with the water rinsed from the underwear that was stained during her first menstruation to make the face smooth. Another is jumping 3 steps from the stairs so she will grow tall. Funny but girls just follow them. Who doesn't want to be beautiful and tall anyway?

Thanks for sharing your story. We should have pride in our period.
Much love from a menopausal grandmother,
Paulina

Trine Angeline Sig
Mar 25
Mar 25