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Definition: Lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, inadequate access to toilets, hand washing receptacles and hygienic waste management due to financial constraints. This lack of access can mean that women and girls' lives are affected as they are unable to participate in day to day activities i.e. school, work and other social activities

ACCESSIBILITY: In many places worldwide, a luxury tax is still applied to menstrual hygiene products (the period tax). Girls with special needs and disabilities are disproportionately affected by not having access to the resources they need for appropriate menstrual hygiene. Those who live in under developed or conflict-affected areas are also affected by having a lack of access to these products as well as safe washing facilities

EDUCATION: A lack of information and education about menstruation leads to the misconception and stigma that can cause health risks and fear to those who are going through it . 'Educating girls before their first period - and importantly boys - on menstruation, builds their confidence, contributes to social solidarity and encourages healthy habits".

SHAME: There are some cultural misconceptions that cause women and girls to feel ashamed about having their period This shame often leads to consequences such as girls feeling uncomfortable in public during the periods. In addition to the lack of access to products, and lack of education, women and girls can lead to them dropping out of school (affecting their right to education and right to work ).


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