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Governments, Community Leaders Must Break Silence On Menstruation To Promote Women’s Rights

Inter Press Service: Opinion: Let’s Talk Menstruation. Period.
Chris W. Williams, executive director of the U.N. Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, and Kersti Strandqvist, senior vice president of group sustainability for Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

“…In every country, the veil of silence around menstruation contributes to discrimination that can hold women back in their personal lives and professional careers. It is time for the global community to break its silence on menstruation so that women and girls can discuss the topic without shame, and reap the rewards for their health, education, and quality of life. … Practical, sustainable change for women and girls can be achieved through research, innovation, and education. Governments, community leaders, opinion leaders, and global citizens must speak out to change attitudes, upend customs that restrain menstruating women and girls, and promote basic education about periods…” (5/14).

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