Poll 10: Period Pride for World Menstrual Hygiene Day
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in Africa lead the way for period pride and aim to overcome shame and stigma through education and celebration
- Girls, do you always go to school/work when you have your period?
- If not, what is the main reason?
- Growing up, did you receive education about periods and menstrual health?
- Do any of the following stop you accessing safe and reliable sanitary products?
- Do you think your society treats menstruating women unfairly because of myths about being unclean / impure?
- How can we make education and opportunities equal for girls and women when they have their periods?
- What are other reasons to not go to school / work during your period?
Image credit: U-Report, May 2017
Just over half of the girls polled said they received enough education about periods growing up (58%), while 77% of boys said they received none or not enough. Almost 1/5 girls said shame and stigma stop them accessing safe and reliable sanitary products, which 15% said were too expensive to buy. Over 1/3 girls said they feel society treats menstruating women unfairly, highlighting the level of work we all need to do to make education and opportunities accessible to all girls!
Messages from girls on how can we make education and opportunities equal for girls and women when they have their periods
Girls should understand this is normal and don't feel ashamed of it. For societies who still think menstrual is dirty, should be educated it's not.
We should empower women and girls to be strong and confident because periods are normal because even boys understand that so girls should not stop going to school
How we used the data
WAGGGS shared your views on how we can make equal opportunities in society for menstruating women with the 35 girls currently in the YESS Girls programme. This way they can build stronger advocacy initiatives in their host and home countries to encourage decision makers to better support all girls and young women and stop periods being a barrier to education.