Taboo Subject of Menstruation Discriminates & Psychologically Harms Millions of Girls

Holy Hormones Journal: It is amazing in this day and age when food supplies can be distributed to every corner of the earth that millions of girls are still forced to go without menstrual hygiene products. That the subject of menstruation remains taboo. This is the first shaming that girls go through – many are alienated from their families and homes forced to go into ‘menstrual huts’ because they are considered to be ‘unclean’. Is it any wonder why girls become and remain victims?  And then forced to have sex in exchange for menstrual products?  Goddess forgive us. Our heads should be hanging with shame.

‘Women Deliver’ conference ignores real threat to women’s health to promote population control

May 30, 2013
by Lisa Correnti

WomenDeliver2013Conference-225px-225x188KUALA LUMPUR, May 30, 2013 (C-FAM) – A side event at the Women Deliver conference last night featured an expert panel that reported on the serious discrimination and psychological harm millions of girls in developing countries experience due to the taboo subject of menstruation.

Cultural taboos surrounding menstruation alienates girls from their families and homes due to beliefs that girls and women are unclean during this time of month. In some regions girls and women are forced to sleep outside their homes, cannot use the family water tap and are at risk of violence as they travel to distant alternate water sources.

Limited hygiene products, lack of water sources and poor sanitation leads to regular absenteeism from school and work with some adolescents leaving school permanently.

A teenage girl from Bangladesh who attended the event, gave a firsthand account of the challenges young girls face when they are menstruating. Some Bangladesh girls are so desperate to acquire hygiene supplies that they have been known to trade sex for clean cloths, she reported.

The Women Deliver conference held in Malaysia brings in sexual and reproductive rights stakeholders from around the world who are narrowly focused on expanding access to modern contraceptives, including abortion, to all girls and women in developing countries. With hundreds of meetings over a 3-day event only three visited menstruation hygiene.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.