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.