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Period poverty is a global issue affecting women and girls who don’t have access to safe, hygienic sanitary products, and/or who are unable to manage their periods with dignity, sometimes due to community stigma, and sanction.

Around the world, consequences of period poverty can include:

  • Girls often miss one or more days of school during their periods, which negatively impacts their education. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, some girls will miss as much as 20% of their school year; some may drop out of school altogether. The loss of education can mean girls are more likely to be forced into child marriage.
  • Women and girls’ health may be put at risk, as they are forced to use dirty rags which can cause infection. Risks can be greater if the women or girl has undergone female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • Due to community stigma women and girls may feel persistent shame and fear
    during periods, and in some cases face social sanctions such as chhaupadi in Nepal.


One in 10 girls in Africa miss school because they don’t have access to sanitary products, or because there aren’t safe, private toilets to use at school.


In Kenya alone, approximately 50 percent of school-age girls do not have access to sanitary products


In India, approximately 12 percent of its 355 million menstruating women cannot afford period products

How Yourism tackles Period Poverty?

From supporting Girls’ Clubs that help girls learn about periods, to distributing sanitary kits in emergencies and training women to make cheap, reusable sanitary pads, we’re working to make sure every woman and girl can manage her period with dignity.

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