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

Wartime period. ‘You can’t stop thinking that everyone is about to see you bleeding’

Customs officers cried as they told stories of women who felt ashamed and humiliated but could not ask for fresh underwear or a sanitary pad

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26 minutes that will reduce stress and relax the mind. "Such seemingly nothing, but space"

Market Square in Wroclaw, outside noise, smog. Inside, silence, soft chirping of birds, soft grass imported from Belgium. The Sleep Café brings instant calm to overburdened senses and regeneration.

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The Panties Revolution. Menstrual underwear can absorb the same amount of fluid as four tampons

When it turns out that it works, that I don’t have to care if the pad has shifted or the tampon is leaking, there is an unexpected feeling of freedom. In the first few months, I couldn’t wait for my next period to wear them again

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Classes with pads. ‘When a student giggles, it means they are interested in the subject’

I let the kids fool around a bit. Some of them have tried to stick a pad to a chair to check out how cool it is that the glue doesn’t leave marks. These discoveries were made by boys. Well, and there was giggling. Very good. When a student giggles, it means they are interested in the subject.

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They wanted to put a box of free sanitary pads in the school. They heard: Please do not spoil the image of the city

At one dormitory, the boys discovered used sanitary pads in the waste bin in the toilet. And then they taped those bloody sanitary pads to the door of the girls’ room. Interview with Dr Izabela Desperak

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