But perhaps the most damaging to their self-esteem and health are taboos around menstruation. 1 in 2 girls are not educated about periods before they attain puberty, and only 1 in 5 know about the science behind periods. Only 12% of menstruating girls in India use sanitary napkins. In fact, inadequate use of napkins amongst adolescent girls is one of the primary reasons for absenteeism at school. Girls from low-income families will often miss upto 50 school days a year.
Taboo talks is an initiative by the Hyderabad Hub of the Global Shapers Community to change this reality. Through this project, we are working with 300 girls from government schools to help them become confident in their identities as young people by breaking menstrual taboos. But we need your help to go beyond this. Nearly 80% of the girls in the schools we work with do not use scientifically-recommended menstrual products. Many have health issues related to poor diets. It is not enough for them to mentally reject period taboos – they also need the right tools to do this. We’re asking for your help to provide these tools.
With a contribution of Rs. 1000 you can help a girl access:
- a year’s supply of menstrual hygiene products
- a year’s supply of folic acid and iron supplements
- monthly visits from a doctor
- monthly workshops on health and well-being as well as identity and confidence
For a cost of a couple of coffees, you can start a young girl on a path towards a healthier and happier tomorrow. Join us in doing your part to breaking society's most widespread taboo. Let’s be the change we want to see!