Like Scotland, Kenya can end period poverty

Girls from Baringo County excited after receiving sanitary towels from a well wisher, Ms Diana Chebotibin,  in October,  2020.

Photo credit: Margaret Maina | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Many girls resort to using unhygienic substitutes such as rags, newspapers, banana leaves, and even cow dung. Worse still, others turn to prostitution to get these essential products.
  • Globally, women and girls’ rights activists are asking governments to integrate sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls in Covid-19 responses.
  • The United Nations estimates that as many as 20 million girls drop out of schools (globally) every year because they cannot deal with their menstrual flows.

Menstruation is an uncomfortable, painful, inconvenient and expensive experience for many women and girls. It occurs once a month for approximately three to seven days; about three months a year.

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