Menstrual Healthcare Uplifts Our Girls
One of the under-reported news stories that inspired me to start this blog, was a story about girls around the world who were shunned from school and their communities due to the fact that they had no access to pads or tampons during the week of their periods. I was shocked. I had no idea and never thought about young girls going without anything to support them during their periods.
It was only after a natural or man-made disaster happened, that I even thought about people around the world and the fact that they needed the basics like food, water, and shelter. It never occurred to me that in the everyday lives of post-pubescent girl, pads and tampons were practically non-existent. The other tragedy was that they were missing out on earning an education, which is the only way to change their world and circumstances.
I was happy to learn about the many companies and organizations who’ve made it their mission to provide girls with this basic and pressing need. Bustle has an excellent article on the subject and lists the companies that are not only providing pads and tampons to girls in underdeveloped countries, but they are also providing girls and young women with educational and employment opportunities.
A lack of access to menstrual products doesn’t just affect girls and women outside of the western world. Homeless girls and women in the U.S. and the U.K. also have to go without pads and tampons due to their obvious circumstances. Incarcerated women in the U.S. currently receive an extremely limited amount of menstrual products during the week of their periods. Included in the Bustle article are the companies and organizations who are meeting the menstrual needs of those homeless and incarcerated.
Personally, I picked up a bag of L. organic menstrual pads and only found out after I purchased them that they provided girls from underdeveloped countries with menstrual products and condoms. L. was founded by photojournalist Talia Frenkel, whose work with the U.N. and Red Cross and project on girls lack of access to basic personal health products, inspired her to start this company. Currently, L. works with more than 3,000 entrepreneurs to help women become financially independent and is making over 130 million personal health products for girls in need.