Many young girls miss their classes during period and might even drop out from school. Research shows that providing education on puberty and menstrual hygiene, giving access to period products and discussing taboos around menstruation can alleviate this issue. Talking about Period poverty’ there is low awareness of its global prevalence. It can lead to missing school, confidence-building activities, and other developmental experiences. This can limit a girl’s potential and opportunities far beyond puberty.
To manage menstruation hygienically, it is essential that women and girls have access to water and sanitation. Always Pakistan has taken an initiative in partnership with Wonder Women and installed sanitary pad vending machines in educational institutes across Pakistan to allow easier access to menstrual hygiene products for all girls.
Menstruation is an integral and normal part of life, indeed of human existence, and menstrual hygiene is fundamental to the dignity and wellbeing of women and girls in Pakistan. Always has had an important role to play in awareness of basic hygiene, sanitation and menstrual education for girls and it continues to work forward on the same now with more focus on availability of these products for young girls. Menstruation continues to be a taboo and it is important we take continue to take steps on awareness and availability as a country