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Breaking Taboo: Education On Menstruation

  • Date: Sat, 11/08/2014 - 14:21
  • It’s not uncommon for a girl in a rural Pakistani schools give up her education once menstruation begins and many girls don’t understand what is happening to their bodies.

In rural regions of Pakistan, menstruation is a publicly taboo topic and the entire subject is tinged with shame. Even schools are not safe spaces for non-judgemental communication. 

The silence is damaging girls psychologically, physically, and educationally.

Without formal education on menstruation, girls are left without the right knowledge on health and hygiene. They feel shame during menstruation and their performance in school is affected.

On these days, more than half the girls do not attend school.

Natural bodily processes should never stand between a girl and her education.

Providing special facilities for girls reaching puberty, including private and hygienic toilets and access to sanitary pads, is essential to improving poor feminine hygiene. Without the knowledge on proper hygiene, girls are vulnerable to biological disorders.

FLOW International wants to establish a friendly and open environment for discussion on menstruation and women’s health at the Rose School.

The sooner we talk about our bodies, the sooner menstruation will no longer be a taboo in rural Pakistan and girls and women can engage in an enriching education.

With the help of the Rose School’s caring and open teachers, we will empower girls with knowledge and the tools for better hygiene and health.

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