Too poor for menses; period!

Some of the pupils of Kinango Primary School in Kwale County where more than 150 girls out of 328 cannot afford sanitary towels. The girls have resorted to using rags as an alternative.

Photo credit: Wachira Mwangi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • More than 800 million women menstruate daily and majority cannot afford sanitary towels, toilets and water to manage their menses in a dignified and healthy way.
  • Without access to menstrual hygiene materials, latrines and places to change, safe water and sanitation, and good hygiene practices like hand washing with soap, the school environment is unhealthy, gender discriminatory and inadequate.
  • While a story we published last year, The menstrual holes of Tana River, saw donors march into the county to triumph over the shame of the 21st Century, girls in Busia engage in prostitution for as low as Sh50 to buy sanitary towels.

Anyone who menstruates requires proper access to menstrual materials, safe and hygienic facilities and the right to manage it without shame or stigma. Unfortunately, some women and adolescent girls live in period poverty.


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