The issue

Nine million African girls between the ages of 10-18 miss nearly a quarter of their education due to lack of menstruation provision.

Periods begin between the ages of 9-17. It’s a natural part of being female.

However, for millions of girls in sub-Saharan Africa, it’s a life event which can hinder their education, health and lifetime opportunities.

In many communities, poor sanitation and a lack of menstruation supplies means that girls don't have the resources to manage their periods effectively.

And where good health education and awareness is lacking, the event of 'menstruation' can become taboo.

The result? Girls stay at home during their period - with all sorts of consequences for their education, vocation and human rights.

Many governments, NGOs and UN bodies are working to tackle the issues surrounding menstruation and sanitary provision. But there is still so much to do.

This is not just a female issue - it's a community issue

Failing to achieve effective menstruation hygiene management is not just a female issue. It impacts families, communities and nations. As women are often the economic lynchpin of families in developing contexts, enabling better menstruation provision gives whole family units freedom to flourish.

‘When they are educated, girls and women drive development in their families, communities and nations.’ UN Secretary United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Read the speech.

Take action now

Having dignity is a fundamental human right. It is not acceptable that girls in developing contexts don't have access to basic female hygiene supplies. Please take action today.