educate yourself and teach others
Start by reading the reports and our mission page to know more about period poverty during the covid-19 pandemic and share your knowledge with others so more people can join the movement.
Start a conversation
to eliminate the stigma surrounding menstruation and period poverty the first step is to start talking about it. Spark up a conversation about menstruation, menstrual health and period poverty or share our social media posts and graphics. this is a way to get more people to join the conversation and advocate for change.
Advocate for change
Write a letter to your local government or tweet asking for menstrual health to be prioritized during the pandemic.
It’s important not to make assumptions about what people need. We need to support individuals that menstruate to develop agency so they can make their own informed choices by advocating for access to a variety of menstrual products, information and education.
Graphics to share in social media
External Resources and Reports
To gain a deeper understanding of the specific problems COVID-19 has posed for managing menstrual health and hygiene, Plan International conducted an online survey exclusively for professionals who work in the WASH and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) fields across the Plan International federation.
The online survey was live from 11 May to 17 May 2020 and attracted 61 responses from professionals working in 24 countries.
The number leading concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on menstrual hygiene management amongst Plan International’s professionals who took this survey were:
- 81% were concerned people who menstruate would not be supported to meet their menstrual hygiene management (MHM) needs
- 78% worried the pandemic would further limit freedom of movement; and
- 75% said COVID-19 may pose increased health risks for people who menstruate, as resources, such as water, are diverted to other needs.
In addition to the WASH professionals’ survey, a second survey for people who menstruate was distributed across Australia, Ireland, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Vanuatu, to provide further evidence.
While these samples are not statistically significant, and the data is not weighted, qualitative evidence from these participants has been included in this report in the form of quotes and – where possible – percentage of respondents per country who indicated an issue.
In 2021, through our Bloody Good Employers (BGE) initiative, we are setting our sights on change in UK workplaces. We believe that we can drive big change here, and improve the lives of people at work, nationwide. Over the last year, we’ve conducted research with both employers and employees. This report shares our findings. They underline the need for change, and open up conversations about what we do next to develop BGE and launch in 2021.
This brief complements other UNICEF guidance on aspects of the response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and should be read together with the guidance on monitoring and mitigating the secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on WASH services availability and access.