In many countries, the period is being used as a tool for oppression; people who menstruate are considered to be "dirty" during their period, and are therefore
kept away from society and also education.
But also in many parts of the world where one would not expect it, the menstrual taboo still exists. Pictures of people in blood stained clothes are being banned from social media platforms. Advertisements referring to this natural procedure are deemed inappropriate.
In this context, also the way the period is being treated by governments, is telling. Although most countries have different rates to
tax products, and although there are lower rates for certain products, tampons and menstrual pads get mostly the higher rate. Having your period is not a luxury, and therefore products concerning
menstrual hygiene should always get the lowest rate possible in each country. Our german petition can be accessed here.
Here is a list of all the campaigns worldwide.
In some regions of Southeast Asia, people who menstruate are not allowed to use the same drinking fountain as the other villagers. In rural parts of Venezuela, they are separated from their families and have to sleep in separate huts or barns. In Kenia, during their period, girls are missing in average five days per month in school, which makes up for 20% of the whole school year. Almost half of all girls in Iran and also some women in India, still believe that menstruation is an illness. (Source: multi-gyn.de) Unbelievable? Here is a quick overview!
Menstruation is a topic which also concerns transsexuals, or gender-nonforming people. A fact which is often either forgotten, or willingly ignored - which which can lead to serious health risks.
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