BECAUSE OF
THEIR MENSTRUAL CYCLE

WOMEN FACE DISCRIMINATION

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There are many cultural sigmas about menstruation.

These contribute to the discrimination of women in the developing world.  The following are just a few of the uneducated beliefs that many people hold.

Once Per Year

Men in Rwanda believe that women only menstruate once per year.

Everything Dies

If a menstruating girl walks through a garden when growing vegetables, everything in the garden will die.

Cursed For Life

In some countries, men believe if they see a used feminine hygiene product, they will be cursed for life.

Disrespectful

It is considered disrespectful for menstruating women to enter someone’s home.  This includes their own home.

Taboos often make tampons and cups illegal to purchase.

This make sustainable hygiene incredibly important.

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