What is Period Poverty?

Period Poverty is define as inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities, and waste management.

Period Poverty by the numbers

  • 800 million people menstruate daily
  • Up to 500 million women and girls are living each month in period poverty 
  • 1 in 10 young women around the world are unable to afford protection for their periods. 
  • 12% of young women are force to improvise with solutions that are unhygienic, ineffective, and unsafe. 
  • 26% of the global population is at a reproductive age
  • Globally, 2.3 billion people lack basic sanitation services and in least developed countries only 27% of the population has a hand washing facility with water and soap home. Managing periods at home is a major challenge for women and adolescent girls who lack these basic facilities at home. 
  • About half the schools in low-income countries lack adequate drinking water, sanitation and hygiene crucial for girls and female teachers to manage their periods. 
  • Inadequate facilities can affect girl’s experience at school, causing them to miss school during their period.