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· According to Global Citizen, activists are calling on the U.S. Department of Education to provide better menstrual hygiene education and free period supplies to students at school to end period poverty.
· Would free supplies and better menstrual hygiene education in schools help end this issue? What are some other challenges with menstrual equity?
Too many girls miss school because of their periods, and now activists are putting pressure on the US Department of Education to change that.
A group of “menstrual equity” advocates put out an advertisement letter in the Washington Post on Monday, calling on the US education department to end period poverty. They also marched near the Education Department headquarters and lit up the building with their message, the Washington Post reports.
Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand washing facilities, and, or, waste management. Girls around the world miss school every day because they’re unable to manage their periods.
Period, the world’s largest youth-run menstrual hygiene nonprofit founded by Nadya Okamoto and Vincent Forand, and the United for Access campaign, led by period-proof underwear company Thinx, are behind the push. Together, they have already gathered almost 35,000 signatures on their petition to end period poverty.
Read the full article about menstrual equity and period poverty by Leah Rodriguez at Global Citizen.
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