Period Poverty: The Public Health Crisis We Don’t Talk About

And so I decided to focus on the topic of Period Poverty. But what’s that?

Over 500 million girls and women do not have access to information and resources to manage their periods in a dignified way. Shocking, right?

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The issue of period poverty is shrouded in stigma and shame.

Those impacted because of period poverty miss school or work, go without eating, and because they are unable to purchase supplies, use unsafe alternatives like socks, rags, or bed linens.

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By making pads, tampons, cups, or other period products the centre of attention, we are missing the larger problem which is stigma, that prevents individuals from asking for any help or support, leading to physical, mental, and emotional challenges.

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Through women-centered design, by making girls and women the central actors, a positive and supportive environment can be created to help them make informed decisions.

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Conversations around periods need to be normalized. Period.

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