Making Reusable Period Products Work for Women

Making Reusable Period Products Work for Women

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode undefined

  • May 25, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 24:22 mins

Guest: Celeste Mergens, Founder and CEO, Days for Girls When Celeste Mergens founded Days for Girls 10 years ago, it was one of the earliest nonprofit organizations to get involved in menstrual hygiene management on a global scale. Mergens says the issue wasn’t on her radar until she began working with an orphanage in Kenya that was struggling to provide for 1,400 children. How were the girls in the orphanage managing their periods? Mergens says the answer shocked her.

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Guest: Sabrina Rubli, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Femme International Menstruation. That involuntary reaction you probably had when you saw that word is precisely why we’re talking about it today – and precisely why global health organizations are marking Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28. At least half a billion women and girls around the world lack adequate facilities for managing their periods. Consider the consequences of that: One in five girls in India drops out of school because they lack access to toilets and sanitary pads. Up to half of girls in Ethiopia and Bangladesh report missing school because of menstruation. There are also serious health consequences for girls and women who are unable to manage their periods safely.

Guest: Sabrina Rubli, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Femme International Menstruation. That involuntary reaction you probably had when you saw that word is precisely why we’re talking about it today – and precisely why global health organizations are marking Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28. At least half a billion women and girls around the world lack adequate facilities for managing their periods. Consider the consequences of that: One in five girls in India drops out of school because they lack access to toilets and sanitary pads. Up to half of girls in Ethiopia and Bangladesh report missing school because of menstruation. There are also serious health consequences for girls and women who are unable to manage their periods safely.