Updated: Mar 9
What is the impact of Period Poverty? And what can we do?
Period Poverty is defined at the lack of access to menstrual products, education, hygeine facilities and waste management. (MedicalNewsToday)
Period Poverty - why it is everybody's business
Period Poverty is the lack of access to menstrual products, education, hygeine facilities, and waste management (MedicalNewsToday). It is estimated to affect up to 500 million young girls and women in the world (MedicalNewsToday). The impacts can be severe, from missing school or work to experiencing various infections due to the use of materials that are not suitable to use in intimate areas.
For many girls and women experiencing period poverty, it is a choice between food or pads. This is a choice that nobody should face, and access to proper menstrual products should be a human right.
Girls can miss between 40-60 days of school per year. Which also makes the gender academic performance gap even wider.
Reusable sanitary pads are a financial and sustainable solution, so we can keep girls in school and fight the gender academic performance gap.