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Menstruation and feminine hygiene are sensitive subjects all over the world. While developed nations typically have proper education and resources that allow females to learn about menstruation and personal care at an early age, in under-developed countries there is a lack of information at home and in schools to help educate young girls about their periods.
Information about Good Hygiene Contributes to the Development of Young Girls
Entering puberty is no picnic and this phase for an adolescent girl brings about new questions when her body – and emotional state – changes. This time in a girl’s life can be even more challenging when she has not been informed about menstruation and proper intimate hygiene.
The future and possibilities for adolescent girls to develop and live their lives to the fullest, is often dependent on access to, and information about, good hygiene. Essity partners Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and UN Women have conducted several recent global studies on menstruation practices and behaviors. The findings of these studies echo concerns from many countries around the world. A first, and very critical, problem is limited or incorrect knowledge and information. Many girls do not understand what is happening when they start menstruating and have limited knowledge on biological processes.
Through common advocacy and education initiatives, Essity is a voice for menstruation education, hygiene, health and well-being. The company supports a number of programs for girls regarding menstruation and physical development in regions around the world, such as South America, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe, among others. The programs are linked to Essity’s brands, including Libresse and Saba, and were created as a foundation for long-term educational efforts and real, measurable effects.
Build Supportive Environments
In addition to educating girls about their periods, it is important to inform their families, teachers and communities about the topic to dispel mistaken beliefs and to help build a supportive environment where menstruation can be discussed openly without embarrassment and stigma.
When girls are educated about their periods and encouraged to manage their menstruation without shame, they’re more confident in their bodies and its changes. And the more females are informed and empowered to discuss menstruation early on, barriers are removed for future development and positive change will occur in communities around the world.