When it comes to periods, there’s a whole lot to talk about. Even in 2021, UNICEF estimates that millions of girls, women, and menstruators of all genders do not have the information or resources to manage their monthly cycle in a dignified, healthy way. Period inequities that exist around the world are often a direct result of period stigma — and the best way to create change for the next generation is to use your voice to normalize menstruation, stop the spread of dangerous misinformation and help menstruators feel confident about their periods.

ABOUT PERIOD STIGMA 

In the most general sense, period stigma is the discrimination faced by people who menstruate. Across the globe, this manifests in many ways, ranging from lighthearted jokes to negative assumptions and dehumanization.

Period poverty is an important, yet often overlooked public health crisis that occurs both in the United States and abroad. The consequences of period poverty are dire; from keeping girls out of school to negatively impacting their physical and emotional health. 

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Sadly, this situation is not unique to Nepal. We have heard similar stories from our partners all around the world, including Uganda where two Global G.L.O.W. club members are working to ensure girls and women have access to menstrual supplies.

BETTER HEALTH EDUCATION IS NEEDED

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) remains an issue for menstruators around the world as they continue to have limited access to resources. Through our Healthy GLOW program, we are working alongside girls to ensure they have the information they need to stay healthy and in school. The ultimate goal of Healthy GLOW is to give girls what they need to have the confidence to advocate for their health and wellness and make positive choices for their futures. Proper education ensures all menstruators have greater access to period products, education about their bodies, and a caring and safe adult to ask questions of and confide in. 

To commemorate Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021 (May 28), the Global G.L.O.W. team developed a special curriculum that allows club members to learn about commonly held myths and taboos about menstrual cycles as well as artistically express the power and strength that comes with having a period.

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Periods are monthly, your support can be too! A monthly donation of as little as $5 can help us provide proper MHM to girls through our Healthy GLOW program. Click to give now.

TAKE ACTION

Download our advocacy toolkit for additional resources, and actionable steps you can take to help end period stigma. Don’t forget to download special images you can share on your social media channels using the hashtag #talkaboutitperiod and be sure to tag us so we can comment! 

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“Periods are a normal experience that all girls ought to regard not as sickness but rather a sign of womanhood which they should be proud of.” – Abalo, 16, Uganda
“The girls in my community get worried when periods are approaching given the fact that they face difficulty in accessing the appropriate products to use.” – GLOW Club member, Uganda