Empower Girls. Period.

3 May

Girls' Globe

Written by Joy Lynn Alegarbes of Huru International

Edith, Photo c/o Huru International Edith, Photo c/o Huru International “I used to have this one wish that I was never born a girl.” – Edith, age 13

“When I was in lower primary,” Edith explained, “I used to pass and pass well in my exams. But after my period…  I missed classes.  My teachers complained and my friends wondered why I was not coming to school for the day or the week.  I was unable to explain.  My self esteem became low, and I used to tell myself that I would not be able to go to my dream school or reach my goals.  I felt very sorry for myself.”

Each year around the world, approximately 500 million girls get their periods, and each of these girls can miss up to six weeks of school every year.  Chronic absenteeism is closely linked to academic decline.  It is not…

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