I am very lucky to have grown up in a home where my mum taught me about menstrual health. I could ask my dad to buy me sanitary items and my brothers understood what a period was. I was never scared or confused about having my period.
But I came to learn that this wasn’t the case for millions of girls around the world.
Around the world, many girls are unable to go to school because they have their period, often because they are afraid of being teased, because there's no dedicated toilets for girls and therefore no privacy, or based on social taboos.
It shocked me to learn that many women and girls are unable to just go to the supermarket and buy pads and tampons, and globally one in three women do not have access to a toilet during their period.
As someone who had numerous sanitary items at my fingertips and the knowledge of how to use them, I didn’t realise the impact having access to sanitary items had on my daily life.
"Around the world, many girls are unable
to go to school simply because they
have their period."