Pandemic makes periods worse for girls and women.
Menstrual Hygiene day
May 28th 2020
For the first time in a generation, we are experiencing shortages of essential items. A lack of toilet paper, eggs, and pasta have undoubtedly been a frustration for shoppers during the pandemic. For many women around the world, one essential item has never been available.
Try to Imagine starting your period and having no access to menstrual products. It’s not as far-fetched as you may think. 11% of girls aged between 14-21 in the UK have not been able to afford period products, while in India, a staggering 88% of women have to improvise by using old rags during their period. The cervical cancer rate in India is 25% higher than in Europe. In Africa, it is common for women to use animal fat, straw, leaves, even cow dung, as a makeshift pad. It is no wonder that 1 in 5 girls in Africa drop out of school when they begin their periods.
Binti International has released a short film to highlight the indignities faced by millions of women in support of Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th.
Since 2014, Binti has taken the lead in providing menstrual dignity for women all over the world, and we need your help.
Please text PADS4ALL and donate £3.00 to help us provide menstrual products for those in need of them.
Or set up a Direct Debit for £5.00 a month to help us provide an annual supply of pads for one girl.
“We will continue our work until all girls have menstrual dignity”, says Binti founder, Manjit K Gill. “This means ensuring that the next generation understands periods and campaigning to provide all women with access to period products. Binti will continue to smash the stigma and shame around periods and change the language to reflect a more positive attitude.”
Periods do not pause during a pandemic.
Menstrual pads should be available to all women, yet over 400 million women in India alone are ripping up old clothing to use as a pad. This has to change, and with your help, we can create a world where all women have menstrual dignity.
Please share our film and support Binti International.
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