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Our Plan to End Period Poverty

Period poverty is a lack of access to menstrual products, education, hygiene facilities, waste management, or a combination of these. It affects an estimated 500 million people worldwide.

  • Globally, an estimated 500 million people who menstruate lack access to menstrual products and hygiene facilities.

  • There are an estimated 16.9 million people who menstruate living in poverty in the United States.

  • Just 36% of India's 355 million menstruating female population use sanitary towels for protection. An estimated 70 percent of all reproductive health issues are caused by poor menstrual hygiene.

  • 71% of girls in India report having no knowledge of menstruation before their first period. This unpreparedness leads to shock, fear, frustration at the situation and anxiety. And that often results in school dropouts.

Effects of period poverty

One of the most devastating effects of period poverty is school dropouts. It has been estimated that 1 out of 5 girls drop out of school after they start menstruating. While an average of more than 40% of students in India resort to missing school while menstruating because of social stigma, isolation, embarrassment, and inaccessibility of period products. Add to that the fact that even after all these years, in India menstrual products are still not considered essential items.

Period poverty is also a major cause of increased illness and possible deaths amongst menstruators. With minimum access to menstrual products, lack of medical care, and poor menstrual hygiene, diseases like UTIs and other infections often end up being fatal. Furthermore, malnutrition, which even in 2021 is a serious issue in India, often impacts the health of menstruators severely.

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As of year 2022 which ended on August 30, 2022.

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Menstruation Day Rally in Nepal @Save the Child Foundation #savethechildnepal #badicommunity
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Menstruation Day Rally in Nepal @Save the Child Foundation #savethechildnepal #badicommunity

Day 5 ( Menstruation Rally, Workshops , Memorandum for Badi Community ) On the first day of the conference, COMMIT Nepal welcomed us as guests and sponsors. Prakash Mani Sharma gave a welcome speech with the mention of the Supreme Court judgement on Badi community as a result of the writ filed by him and others. He also conducted a session on advocacy in the evening for the youths present. On the second day, we started with a menstrual hygiene rally which started from the premises of the Hotel with banners and placards on menstrual hygiene. The rally ended at B.P Chowk where different people spoke about menstrual hygiene and the importance of spreading awareness on it. Taniya was also one of the speakers. Then after our return to the session hall, the session was conducted. The zumba session saw the most energetic crowd of youths enjoying the dancing. Then we moved on to Sheetal and Taniya's story sharing through videos after which both of them spoke about their journeys. This was a part of COMMIT's itinerary scheduled as 'successful testimonials'. We then formed groups to discuss on their strengths, dreams, goals and challenges. On the third day, we started with a march to the Chief District Office, dressed in formals, where COMMIT submitted their list of demands for the welfare of Badi community. The demands were read out and positively acknowledged by the district officer with a promise to forward it to the Prime Minister's Office for quick response. Then we returned to the session hall and introduced the Baala Pads to the participants and distributed the pads. Later in the day, after the program had ended, we came back to introduce the menstrual cups to COMMIT Nepal's staff and distribute it to those willing to try it. #savethechildnepal #savethechildfoundation @connectdenfilms
#savethechildfoundation advocacy for Badi Community in Nepal #savethechildnepal #badicommunity
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#savethechildfoundation advocacy for Badi Community in Nepal #savethechildnepal #badicommunity

Menstruation Rally, Workshops , Memorandum for Badi Community ) On the first day of the conference, COMMIT Nepal welcomed us as guests and sponsors. Prakash Mani Sharma gave a welcome speech with the mention of the Supreme Court judgement on Badi community as a result of the writ filed by him and others. He also conducted a session on advocacy in the evening for the youths present. On the second day, we started with a menstrual hygiene rally which started from the premises of the Hotel with banners and placards on menstrual hygiene. The rally ended at B.P Chowk where different people spoke about menstrual hygiene and the importance of spreading awareness on it. Taniya was also one of the speakers. Then after our return to the session hall, the session was conducted. The zumba session saw the most energetic crowd of youths enjoying the dancing. Then we moved on to Sheetal and Taniya's story sharing through videos after which both of them spoke about their journeys. This was a part of COMMIT's itinerary scheduled as 'successful testimonials'. We then formed groups to discuss on their strengths, dreams, goals and challenges. On the third day, we started with a march to the Chief District Office, dressed in formals, where COMMIT submitted their list of demands for the welfare of Badi community. The demands were read out and positively acknowledged by the district officer with a promise to forward it to the Prime Minister's Office for quick response. Then we returned to the session hall and introduced the Baala Pads to the participants and distributed the pads. Later in the day, after the program had ended, we came back to introduce the menstrual cups to COMMIT Nepal's staff and distribute it to those willing to try it. #savethechildnepal #savethechildfoundation @connectdenfilms