Period Poverty: What Everybody Should Know

“Every Girl should be able to manage her periods with safety and dignity.” – The Jedidiah Talom Foundation.

Did you know period poverty is the root cause of many evils among underprivileged girls and women around the world?

Period poverty refers to the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, education, and other tools that allow menstruating women and girls to manage their periods with safety and dignity.

In many developing countries, menstruation is taboo and not openly discussed, therefore becoming a confusing and scary experience for young girls. Deprived families are often torn between purchasing food or menstrual supplies. Consequently, many girls have been forced to improvise with devices that may be ineffective, unhygienic, and unsafe. Furthermore, the lack of menstrual pads has caused many to miss school, drop out, or have inappropriate relationships with older men so they can provide for them. These relationships can have dire consequences, such as sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, and polygamous marriages, where many are abused.

You can help prevent these evils by supporting our mission to fight period poverty. We provide menstrual pads and other toiletries to girls in need. These necessities are packed in small bags called GN Packs (Girl’s Necessities Pack). A typical GN pack contains a package of menstrual pads and some of the following: body lotion, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, bras, and underwear.

A GN pack costs $10; you can help provide one or more monthly.

Follow the link to fight period poverty and save a young girl’s life.