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Menstrual Pads Can't Fix Prejudice

THOSE WORKING ON PERIOD HEALTH IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD ARE FOCUSED ON HANDING OUT PRODUCTS. THEY SHOULD BE COMBATING STIGMA.

The period is finally having its moment.

In the last decade, the difficulties women and girls across the globe face during menstruation have inspired a raft of grass-roots campaigns. “Period poverty” activists seek to make menstrual products more affordable and available. International agencies like Plan International, Water Aid, U.N. Women and Unicef are supporting menstrual hygiene programs in dozens of countries. Access to safe, accessible bathrooms and materials to manage menstruation

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