Girls in Uganda often miss school when they are menstruating – the average is one to three days per month. Like Pauline, many feel ashamed due to the stigma attached to periods in Uganda – menstruating girls are often perceived as “unclean” and are even believed to have the power to stop crops from growing.
“I now live in two worlds. One is not better than the other. They’re just different. Don’t ask me to choose, but do give me the space to live fully in both,” says Anna Msowoya Keys, founder of Maloto.
In Malawi, a sanitary pad can determine if a girl stays in school, if a woman keeps her job or if she manages to grow enough food to feed herself and her family.
“People would ask me for my boss when they spoke to me, because they assume my boss assuming was a “he.””
“This is a movement. And my work does not end here. It’s just beginning,” affirms Carmen Perez, one of the four national co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington.
La Vacuna highlights a new vaccine to protect women and young girls before they become infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), that causes most cervical cancer.