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As another school year begins, a new generation of girls will soon get their periods for the very first time. But in 2019, there are still millions of girls all around the world who do not have adequate period protection while on their menstrual cycles. This is why, full disclosure, I am proud to be partnering with Always to deliver this sponsored post for the Always End Period Poverty Campaign.
Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 girls in the U.S. have either left school early or missed school entirely because of a lack of access to period products? I know what it’s like being a young girl dealing with her period for the first time and worrying about getting up from my seat leaving a heavy red stain behind me.
I know what it’s like to have to sit out during gym, to leave school early, and to stay home for the day, in the safe space of your own home while your body puts you through hell and back again. The worst part is, this is not an isolated incident since our periods come typically every 28 days. Of the twelve months in the year, female students have to endure these experiences ten of those times while school is in session.
It’s one thing to forget a pad or having your period come at an unexpected early or late time. But to not be able to afford basic sanitary supplies is a tremendous issue. School is difficult enough without this additional stressor on children, one that can be lessened or avoided altogether with the right tools available to girls and families with girls. It’s long overdue that we end period poverty now.
Sanitary napkins are a hygiene necessity and should be provided to all girls, everywhere. The lack of these resources for girls and the gain in low self esteem for these girls who are not equipped to handle period accidents, is specifically why I am joining in on the campaign to spread awareness on this issue. We must do what we can both here in the U.S. and abroad to make sure that all girls receive the proper care and attention that our menstrual cycles deserve.
This is where you come in! For every like or comment that my Instagram.compost gets, Always will donate an additional pad to a girl in need via their Local Period Heroes’ organizations, up to a total donation of a million pads. In addition, every particpating retail store and online purchase of Always during the month of September will also spark an additional pad donation, all going to girls in need of sanitary napkins. So please be sure to head on over to Instagram and double tap on this post because you will be helping a girl walk with so much less worry on her shoulders and so much more confidence in being able to tackle her day.
To normalize the discussion around menstruation and give awareness to the issue regarding lack of resources, I ask you this question: What is a moment in time while you were a student when you could have benefited from free access to sanitary napkins? Sound off in the comments below.