This past week in the United States, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. introduced a new bill which would force the National Institutes of Health to investigate the risk of chemical additives in certain female hygiene products.
The first ever “Global Menstrual Hygiene Day” was also celebrated this past week. It is hoped that by creating an awareness of menstrual hygiene and the associated risks that the stigma will be combated. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), one in three women lack access to safe washing facilities and sanitary products. As a result of this, many young women are forced to miss school when they’re menstruating.
The long-term social and economic repercussions of women missing school in these developing nations are devastating, yet avoidable. Providing access to reusable and environmentally friendly sanitary products will provide a sustainable option to these young women, and will allow them to participate fully in their education.
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