Ending Period Poverty
In 2018, charity KidsCan announced the results of their nationwide survey on period poverty. Putting the hard truths in front of the country.
Not only has the taboo and shame around periods meant that people have been unable to freely speak about their experiences but it also means that the suffering of millions goes unnoticed because, 'ew periods'
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The survey gathered information from 5000 participants nationwide.
"● 53.1% said they had found it difficult to access sanitary items due to cost at some point (8.6% frequently, 44.5% occasionally).
● 23.6% said they had missed school or work due to a lack of access to sanitary wear."
It is not an uncommon truth for people to stuff socks, rags, book pages, or newspaper into their underwear because sanitary items are not part of the budget. Or for primary school girls to go without because they're too embarrassed to ask for products their families can't afford.
Period Poverty is a silent shame putting millions of lives at risk through the unsanitary measures people are forced to use. It affects the education of those who miss school. It alienates people, causing mental strains that lead to stress, embarrassment, isolation, anxiety and depression.
Breaking The Taboo
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