Why Menstrual Cups?
From gender equality and economic empowerment to environmental sustainability and tackling climate change, access to Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is more than a health issue – it’s a global challenge with world-changing potential.
In Malawi, women and girls face a myriad of barriers to safely managing their menstruation. Expensive products lead to many resorting to using rags from old clothes, newspaper, or plastic instead, which can lead to preventable infection and disease. Further, the stigma and discomfort of using rags means that fewer women work or attend school during their period, with the culture of shame making education and conversations about menstruation management very difficult.
Beyond the health risks, the negative impacts are directly correlated to educational and economic losses. Poor MHM sees millions of girls dropping out of secondary school annually, barriers to women entering the workforce, increases in child marriages, and billions lost in potential GDP.
An estimated 500 million women across the globe are unable to access adequate Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) facilities and materials. (UN, 2020)
1.25 billion women and girls have no access to a safe, private toilet and 526 million don’t have a toilet at all (UN, 2020)
One in ten girls in Africa will miss school when they have their periods because they don’t have access to sanitary products or private toilets to use at school. Some girls miss as much as 20% of their school year (Action Aid, 2020)
"It’s very, very good. I don’t have problems when menstruating anymore
I am very happy!…I can even go to work or church without having problems – I can do everything!”
Maria, on using our menstrual cups, Malawi
How to Get involved
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