Here's a topic that we do not hear much about- menstruation. Yet, every month, it happens. It happens to women in every income level and every country. So what happens to women in extreme poverty? In particular- what happens to YOUNG women in extreme poverty?
There are young women across the globe with inadequate access to sanitary supplies. Each month, these girls miss many days of school because they are unable to attend due to lack of supplies. In many places, girls are even exploited- forced to do unspeakable things in exchange for menstrual products.
How has it come to this? That I cannot answer. Periods have been visiting women as long as women have been. I'm interested in knowing what these girls' ancestors used for menstrual hygiene, though I suspect that missing school wasn't always an issue.
Regardless of the hows and whys, these girls are suffering. These girls need an education, they need empowerment and rights. They need EVERY day to follow their dreams, not just three weeks out of the month.