Menstruation is natural. Yet, for girls around the world this is a time of worry, shame and isolation.
When girls are equipped with information on their menstrual health and have access to sanitary pads and adequate facilities, they can manage their periods effectively.
And when girls are in control of their menstrual health and hygiene, they are able to attend school no matter the time of the month and actively engage in community life without constraints.
Period poverty and stigma strips many girls of this basic human right.
As a result, one in ten girls will skip class when they’re on their periods. Many stay at home, feeling isolated and ashamed to face their peers for fear of being ridiculed when they lack the means to manage their periods safely.
In our podcast, we speak to school teachers and female students in Uganda to hear their stories on this issue.