Periods should be the most normal thing ever. Women make up 50% of the world's population and for most of them, menstruation is a monthly occurrence. The average woman menstruates for 3,000 days during her life time.
But menstruation is still considered unspeakable, especially for millions of women in developing nations. Adolescent girls struggle to understand what’s happening to their bodies when they have their first period, with some even fearing death, and every day women and girls face stigma and taboos around menstruation. Some young girls may not even know what's happening when they have their first period and they're too frightened to tell anyone.
Around the world only 12% of women and girls have access to sanitary products. Plan International UK is working to improve this and in Uganda we're supporting girls and women to make recyclable sanitary towels.
In communities in India, women and girls are not allowed to enter the kitchen or cook food during their period as some people believe it will cause food to go bad or rot.
We want to stop this and make periods more normal. Last year on World Menstrual Hygiene day we encouraged everyone to get a grip, stop the stigma and realise that it's #JustATampon. You can see the best moments of the campaign here.
Take a look at the infographic below, it shows the stigma girls and women face every day just for having a period.
Help us make people all around the world realise that menstruation is natural, normal and nothing to be ashamed of.