Every day, more than 800 million girls and women between 15 and 49 have their period – yet the subject is still surrounded by stigma and taboo.

67% of women admit to adapting their lifestyle every month to try and avoid an awkward #perioddrama – including leaks, getting caught short without a toilet nearby and having to hide tampons and sanitary towels on their way to the loo.

Meanwhile, around the world, girls and women face all kinds of menstruation myths, from being forbidden from drinking milk or touching plants to getting banished from their homes for the duration of their monthly bleeds – putting their education and their safety at risk.

And it’s not just stigma and taboo that make life a struggle every month.

Right now, one billion women and girls still lack access to the most essential of facilities during their period: a toilet.

These are circumstances no woman should have to face. Which is why, this Menstrual Hygiene Day, we need you to make sure the Australian Government meets the commitment made in the Global Goals – to ensure everyone has a safe, private place to go to the toilet.

A world of taboo and stigma

A still from WaterAid's #PeriodDrama film for Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016.
© UK Film Council

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