Taking into consideration information from UNICEF and UNESCO that one in 10 girls in developing countries either skip school during menstruation to avoid accidents or have to drop out of school because they don’t have sanitary pads. Rural girls are always hardest hit because of poor infrastructures, such as lack of water facilities and toilets specifically reserved for them. Menstruation is often one of the strongest taboos and is intertwined with myths.
Urgently calls on its membership to
- initiate projects and support initiatives that propagate monthly hygiene and provide the means for this including suitable underwear and reusable, washable sanitary pads, allowing girls to stay in the school system;
- increase its networking on the national and international level by strong advocacy addressing communities, governments, and also the private and public sectors
- pressurize local authorities to
- provide for separate toilets for girls including running water and soap in school areas in order to keep girls in the school system.
Gudrun Haupter, Ursula Nakamura,
IAW Commission on Health
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Resolutions adopted at 37th Congress