What is Period Poverty?
Not having access to menstrual products is a very real issue, with very real consequences. Period ‘poverty’ refers not only to the lack of access to sanitary products, but also to the lack of access to menstrual hygiene education, toilets, handwashing facilities, and waste management.
It can also include the social and cultural stigma around menstruation, which actively stops women and girls partaking in normal daily activities (school and work). As you can imagine, missing out on these fundamental parts of life because of their cycle leads to feelings of shame, embarrassment and anger.