Family Planning Voices is a global storytelling initiative led by the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project and Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). FP Voices provides a platform for people who are passionate about family planning—and whose work or lives are affected by family planning—to tell their stories in their own words.

Menstruation  is  an  integral  and  normal  part  of  human  life,  indeed  of  human  existence.  Menstrual hygiene  is  fundamental  to  the  dignity  and  wellbeing  of  women  and  girls  and  an  important  part  of  the basic  hygiene,  sanitation  and  reproductive  health  services  to  which  every  woman  and  girl  has  a  right. Globally,  approximately  52%  of  the  female  population  (26%  of  the  total  population)  is  of  reproductive age. Most of these women and girls will menstruate each month for between two and seven days. 

“The request. The girls want MPs to draft law compelling all schools to provide girls with sanitary pads and painkillers”.

In a desperate attempt to stay in school, girls last Thursday narrated how they are forced to rip pages out of their books to use as an alternative to sanitary towels.

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