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The stigma surrounding menstruation meant I was too embarrassed to ask to go to the toilet at school, or even to ask my mum for more absorbent pads, meaning I used menstrual materials for longer than was healthy… As I’ve got older and particularly through my involvement with Irise, I have been able to dismantle this internalised stigma.”
The shame of blood leaking through your skirt, boys calling you names, sores and infections, to mention but a few, makes you hate being a young healthy woman...This is a form of poverty, a form that deprives girls of education because they have to miss school. To most of these children, as it was for me, education is the only way out of the vicious cycle of poverty.”
“I remember vividly being sat down in assembly at school and being terrified every month that I'd stand up with a stain on my skirt...I wouldn't socialise as much and even felt embarrassed carrying my bag into the toilet. I'm working with Irise to fight the stigma and taboo around periods because if people were more open to talking about periods when I was at school I wouldn't have been so worried! ”
“One time I was chased from home to go and bring test results from the health centre by my parents because they thought I was showing signs of pregnancy just because I told them my tummy was hurting. We were three people in the house and I remember for two weeks there was no conversation between us and nothing I did was right for them. "
“You see for me, when I was on menstruation I would not go to school, I was hurting myself when I was on menstruation. I did not want to be with my friends, I would sit alone, but since Irise came and taught us, I feel free. I be with my friends”
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