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Menstruation is a natural process that is a part of the female reproductive cycle. It is a normal bodily function that occurs in women every month. Yet, despite its common occurrence, periods are often shrouded in silence, shame, and stigma.
Period stigma refers to the negative attitudes and beliefs that surround menstruation. These include taboos, myths, and misconceptions about menstruation, as well as negative attitudes towards those who menstruate. In our society, period stigma has a significant negative impact on the health, well-being, and quality of life of young girls and women.
Many girls start missing school or dropout, when they start having their periods. This has a significant impact on their education and future prospects. In addition, women who are ashamed of their periods may be less likely to seek medical care when they need it. This can lead to serious health problems, including infections and reproductive health issues.
Breaking the stigma surrounding periods requires a multi-faceted approach. Here are a few ways we can work to end period stigma:
At CRY, we ensure that schools provide vital supplies like water and toilets, and other such resources so that girls feel comfortable and supported during periods. CRY’s on-ground teams are also focusing on collaborations with schools to develop period-friendly policies and initiatives that educate people about menstruation hygiene and provide girls with a safe environment.
To help create change, let’s take a pledge to move past period shame and all things associated with the taboo surrounding it.
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