Half of girls are embarrassed by their periods, whilst 80 per cent have hidden sanitary products through shame.
The findings, based on a study commissioned by girls’ rights charity Plan International UK, aims to normalise periods and eradicate the stigma around menstruation.
Using the hashtag #weallbleed for the campaign, the study aims to ‘address the impact that euphemising and belittling menstruation is having on girls.’
49 per cent of the 1,000 girls surveyed said they had missed an entire day of school because of their period. Nearly three quarters of girls said they felt embarrassed to buy sanitary products, and a quarter of girls still don’t know what to do when they start their period.
Tanya Barron, Plan International’s Chief Executive said:
“Girls are telling us that they are embarrassed, confused and ashamed about periods, a completely natural biological process which happens to half the global population,” she said.
“As a society we obsessively euphemise, belittle and silence menstruation; we need to address the impact this is having on girls.”
“As a global girls’ rights charity we know that pervading cultural taboos and lack of education around periods can have a damaging impact on the lives of girls both here in the UK and across the world, exposing them to discrimination and preventing them from fulfilling their potential.”
The survey also suggested that only 24 per cent of girls feel comfortable discussing their period with their male friends, something that the charity wants to address.
“We do think boys and girls should be taught together and boys have told us they don’t think it’s right they don’t know anything about menstruation.”
This week, to mark International Day of the Girl, Plan International UK will launch the #weallbleed campaign to remind the nation that periods and menstruation are a normal part of everyday life.
To find out more about Plan International UK’s #weallbleed campaign, visit www.plan-uk.org/periods