Without a solution to manage their monthly cycle, 1 in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, 113 million adolescent girls in India, and 30 percent of girls from rural areas of Brazil will miss school this year.

Knowledge as power

This is important because educating girls is one of the best investments we can make to help countries lift themselves out of poverty. Educated girls have fewer and healthier babies, live longer and have higher wages. This translates into benefits not only for women and girls, but also for their families and communities.

The best way to help a girl stay in school is to provide solutions that last. Washable hygiene options can help meet this need. Washable solutions can last for several years. In environments where there is limited sanitation infrastructure, these options serve as an important way to meet hygiene and health needs for women and girls while reducing the amount of trash in a community.

“The best way to help a girl stay in school is to provide solutions that last. Washable hygiene options can help meet this need.”

The stakes

With 1.5 billion women and girls of reproductive age in the world, it is critical that we develop solutions that work in a variety of settings and environments. Aside from the educational and economic benefits of hygiene solutions, these solutions also serve as a simple and profound way to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every woman and girl.

Menstruation is often a topic mired in embarrassment and taboo; when we provide hygiene solutions, we affirm that there is nothing embarrassing or shameful about being a girl or woman. Thus, hygiene solutions are a simple thing with the ability to create a huge difference for women, girls and communities.