SHAME AND STIGMA IN THE UK
“I do feel like there’s a stigma around the topic of periods. If people spoke about periods more without the stigma, it could help a lot of people.” - Jess, 17, UK
Stigmas surrounding periods affect girls everywhere. Our first-of-its-kind report, Break the Barriers, reveals a culture of shame and silence have turned periods into a hidden public health issue in the UK – putting girls' physical, sexual and mental health at risk.
OUR PERIOD EMOJI IS ON ITS WAY!
We’re celebrating the amazing news that – thanks to your incredible support – our blood drop emoji design, developed in partnership with NHS Blood, has been included in the February 2019 emoji release!
That means girls and other menstruators everywhere will be able to talk about their periods using one of the fastest growing global languages, helping to break down the shame and stigma still associated with getting your period around the world.
Growing up a girl: Uganda
My First Period: a photo story
Confined indoors for seven days. Banned from using salt in food. Forced to miss classes at school.
Nine girls from around the world bravely open up about the stigmas and difficulties they faced when they got their first period.
ENDING THE SILENCE AROUND PERIODS IN SPORT
“As athletes we are encouraged to understand what is happening to our bodies and how best to deal with it, but for a lot of girls around the country, this isn’t the case. There is no shame in periods, it’s a natural thing and it shouldn’t stop us going on to achieve what we want to achieve.”
- Magdalena Eriksson, Chelsea Ladies Football Club
Breaking the barriers for girls
With your support, we’re working with girls around the world to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene, shattering stigmas and helping girls stay in school when they get their period. We’re constructing girl-friendly toilets in schools and communities and increasing access to sanitary products, so girls no longer have to use unhygienic materials. And we're engaging boys and men, so they’re more likely, as breadwinners and decision-makers, to spend money on sanitary products for their families.