Access to complete menstrual health and hygiene is a basic human right. Without it, women and girls cannot pursue full lives with dignity and confidence. It is deeply unfair that girls in all parts of the world miss out on better education and opportunities because they were too poor to have a period. We have neglected this issue for too long.

What’s clear, is the need to unite the international community on global standards for reducing period poverty, and better fund those programmes that deliver the highest impact for women and girls who every month have to choose between a meal or a sanitary pad.

I invite the international community to join me and work together to end period poverty.

Dominika Kulczyk, President of the Kulczyk Foundation

Period Poverty: what is it and how to fight it? A global report

Research on period poverty reveals that it has been neglected for decades – there is a lack of necessary data on the most effective way to support women and girls suffering from it.

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An Accessible Pad Can Do More for Women’s Comfort at Work than the Most Expensive Strategy

‘Providing access to hygiene products directly in the company’s restroom is a performance enhancing measure. It is something we do with health – especially mental health – in mind but also a token of respect for working women’, said Monika Jurczyk, Head of HR at Fabryka Plastików Kwidzyn, part of the French PVL-Plastivaloire Group.

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A Huge Taboo No One Talks About

 

Women would be too ashamed to take the issue of menstruation and related labour rights to court. Women simply don’t menstruate – this is the general public’s perception of the issue.

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Offices free from menstruation taboo and stigma

“Working with different companies, I encounter situations that in some of them women do not menstruate at all—for weeks, months or even years. Why? Because of the stress. Because the body thinks it is at war,” explains Iwona Firmanty, a psychologist, business coach and owner of Human Skills. “That is why it is so important for a menstruating woman herself to respect her body. It is a beautiful signal from her body that she is a woman. And it would be great if her company also supported her in these difficult days,” she stresses.

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