24% of girls miss one or more school days during menstruation. *(Source: BMJ Article)
From an early age, girls learn to live with the pain and fear and seldom seek help when in physical or mental discomfort due to periods – thanks to the air of embarrassment surrounding the topic. The silence, exclusion, teasing and shaming affect the girls’ psychological and physical development and hinder their potential big time. The lack of access to basic hygiene facilities and awareness leads to increased dropouts. Girls are often pushed into marriage at an early age once they drop out of school, leading to permanent loss of potential. To help our girls live freely and chase their dreams, we need to end period shame and have open conversations about menstruation.
We must talk about periods openly to break the taboos around them and make women, girls, and everyone else who menstruates feel good about their bodies. Because the change begins with every one of us.
Join us in our fight to end period shame –
Help us amplify the voice around period shame through social media. You can talk about period shame and tag CRY on different social media channels along with the hashtags. #LetsTalkAboutPeriods
Your generous donation can help CRY create awareness about menstrual health and hygiene among children and adolescent girl groups in schools across different cities.
The change starts with us. As we take a pledge, let us ensure that we give up on things that are associated with period shame, like not hiding period products and carrying them without any shame, using the word “period” instead of other code words etc.