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Tariq Hawari
Pacific Period Stories


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In the Pacific, people who menstruate often experience fear and shame, as well as practical challenges, in managing their periods effectively.

Addressing menstruation is essential to achieving gender equality and advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, education and other outcomes in the Pacific. However, despite being a common experience, menstrual health remains largely neglected by policymakers, researchers and practitioners across the region.

The Pacific Menstrual Health Network was founded in 2019 by seven local Pacific Island organisations: DIVA for Equality (Fiji); Fiji Women’s Rights Movement; QueensPads (Papua New Guinea); Mana Care (Samoa); Kaleko Steifree (Solomon Islands); Mama’s Laef (Vanuatu); and the Pacific Disability Forum.

The Pacific Menstrual Health Network’s vision is that Pacific women, girls and all other people who experience a menstrual cycle realise their menstrual health rights throughout their lives. Its members consist of leaders and experts from across the region who collaborate, advocate and amplify local voices to create change.

The Pacific Periods campaign was designed to share stories from six countries in the region to break the taboo and normalise the conversation around menstruation.