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

Portraits of women with pads

You sit on the ground because you’re unclean. The blood soaks into the sand like into a sanitary pad.

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We maintain menstrual taboos ourselves. It’s in good taste to complain about your period. Interview with artist Iza Moczarna.

We often think of menstruation as a time when we are weak, emotionally unstable, unavailable, not the way we “should” be

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Fuchsia friend

They disappear from the world for a few days a month. We treat menstruating women with disabilities as big children who should be locked up at home. The “Fuchsia Lady” project has proven that it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Homeless menstruation. How to feel like a woman when a toilet is a dream, underwear is a luxury, and you have to beg for sanitary pads?

Have you ever seen a homeless person on the street in a flowery dress? In makeup? Wearing high heels? Magdalena Borowiec from the “Pogotowie Społeczne” Association talks about how difficult it is to take care of your femininity when your home is on the street.

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Shattered. It would be nice if the coaches knew which girl is on her period when.

“Four weeks before the Olympics in Rio, I had a very strong period after a few months’ break. I was shattered. At the most important event in my life, I was hormonally disrupted. Physical effort was the last thing my body wanted to do,” says Angelika Cichocka, a Polish runner.

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