Talking about menstruation is taboo in many communities across the world.
As a result, girls are often fearful and unprepared when they start having periods. They miss school and fall behind in their studies. Many drop out.
We began our work in Ethiopia to help girls stay in school by providing the supplies and education they need to manage menstruation. We've since brought our mission home, working to end period poverty in our local community of St. Louis.
We believe girls deserve education, equality, and dignity — period.
Dignity Period partners with a factory and university in Ethiopia.
We purchase reusable sanitary pads made by Dignity Partner and 2019 CNN Hero Freweini Mebrahtu's factory. Our on-the-ground project team distributes the pads, conducts research, and provides educational support to the local community.