Menstruation is as crucial to our existence as breathing, and yet for so many it can be the most dreaded time of the month. Around the world, millions of people who menstruate continue to face stigma, exclusion and discrimination. Especially those who are financially challenged or live in low-income countries, have limited access to menstrual health, which prevents them from participating in daily activities, getting an education, or earning an income. This must end! Here are 3 steps we can all take to tackle this crisis and end period poverty together.
But first, what exactly is period poverty?
Period poverty is a global issue and especially affects people in low-income countries, people in conflict zones, black people, people of colour, transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, the homeless, people with special needs, and students.
People who face period poverty are caught in an ongoing dependency spiral:
And here’s how we can break this spiral and end period poverty together: