Girls no longer miss school during their periods in Zimbabwe’s Buhera District

In Zimbawe’s Buhera District, statistics show that boys have higher attendance in school than girls. Why is this? Often girls miss school during their menstrual cycle. According to estimates from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), about one in every ten school-age African girls doesn’t attend school during their periods or has dropped out at puberty due to lack of cleanliness and separate toilet facilities for girls.

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Breaking the cycle of period poverty: Alice’s story

Alice, one of many women who participated in a menstrual hygiene course in Uganda. She chatted with CARE and our partner organization, WoMena, about some of her experiences and challenges with menstruation and how her and her family have overcome them.

On any given day, more than 320 million people around the world are menstruating (Global Menstrual Collective). Still many people around the world lack the proper access to menstrual products, services, and information. This is period poverty.

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