We wrote these pieces about how menstruation affects girls’ education:
Our campaign was publicized in this piece from Huffington Post: Menstruation Matters: How Periods Are Keeping Girls Out of School in Nepal.
Infographic – the basics
Infographic – the links between menstruation and education
Infographic – menstruation and sanitation in schools
Here are some sample tweets and posts to share with your network:
Menstruation does not mean shame and stigma, it’s a healthy body function. Periods shouldn’t keep girls out of school. Make a point of educating yourself and others. #PointPeriod
For too many girls periods mean missing school days: 86% of girls in Garissa, Kenya, report missing school during menstruation. In India 23% of girls drop out. Periods shouldn’t keep girls out of school. #PointPeriod
Menstruation matters for girls’ education – many girls miss school or drop out when their period starts. Periods shouldn’t keep girls out of school. It’s time to challenge menstruation shame and stigma. #PointPeriod
Do you believe education is a basic human right? Every child deserves to go to school, but millions of girls in the developing world are deprived of education simply because they menstruate. Periods shouldn’t keep girls out of school. #PointPeriod
4 in 5 girls in Burkina Faso and Niger report being scared of their first period. It affects their school attendance and performance. They shouldn’t be afraid of this healthy body function. We have to educate girls about menstrual hygiene, and end menstruation shame and stigma. #PointPeriod
To continue education after they start menstruating, girls in the developing world need girl friendly toilets in schools: safe, private, hygienic, and separate. They need access to affordable menstrual materials and menstruation hygiene awareness. #PointPeriod
Have you ever wondered how girls in other countries experience menstruation? Meet Sushila from Nepal and learn what it was like for her and other girls in her village. #PointPeriod
23% of girls in India drop out after they start menstruating. Periods shouldn’t keep girls out of school. #PointPeriod #menstruationmatters
55% of schools in least developed countries lack adequate toilets. Would you go to school during your period if there was no toilet? #PointPeriod
What would you do if you had your period and your school didn’t have a toilet? Millions of girls face this challenge every month. #PointPeriod
86% of girls in Garissa, Kenya, report missing school during menstruation. Periods shouldn’t keep girls out of school. #PointPeriod
What do you do if you can’t buy pads or tampons? 88% of women and girls in India have no access to sanitary menstrual materials. #PointPeriod
4 in 5 girls in Burkina Faso and Niger are scared of their first period. Girls have the right to know what happens in their bodies. #PointPeriod
Want to find out more? Check out these resources:
Menstrual Hygiene Day
Menstrual Hygiene: Breaking The Silence
The Menstrual Hygiene Taboo: A Vicious Cycle Of Silence
We Can’t Wait. A report on sanitation and hygiene for women and girls. WaterAid. 2013
Menstrual hygiene matters. WaterAid. 2012
WASH in Schools Empowers Girls’ Education: Proceedings of the Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools Virtual Conference 2012, United Nations Children’s Fund and Columbia University, New York, 2013.
Nepal. Highlights From The Unicef Adolescent Development And Participation Baseline Study. 2014. Population Council, 2crehpa
Education Counts: Towards the Millennium Development Goals. UNESCO. 2011.
Returns to Investment in Education: A Further Update, World Bank.
Measuring the Economic Gain of Investing in Girls. The Girl Effect Dividend. The World Bank Human Development Network Children and Youth Unit, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network Gender Unit. 2011.