Archive | March, 2014

Breaking the Silence on Menstruation and Hygiene for Adolescent Girls

7 Mar

I am a Woman who has a right to have access to feminine products and especially sanitary towels.

Girls' Globe

Adolescence is a transitional phase in life from childhood to adulthood and is something worth celebrating. Unfortunately, for many girls adolescence remains a crucial yet challenging life stage because of its physical and psychological changes – one being menstruation.

On any given day, 300 million women and girls around the world will be menstruating and most will spend a total of 3,500 days of their lives bleeding – the majority of whom lack access to clean and safe sanitary products, to a clean and private space in which to change menstrual cloths or pads, or to a private space in which to wash.

nelly1Negative social and cultural attitudes towards menstruation prevent millions of girls and women from reaching their full potential. In many societies, menstruation is supposed to be invisible and silent; therefore, menstruating women and girls are supposed to be invisible and silent too. The resulting cultural silence surrounding menstruation…

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