Menstruation is a normal and healthy part of life for most women. Roughly half of the female population — around 26 per cent of the global population — are of reproductive age. Most women menstruate each month for about two to seven days. Yet, as normal as it is, menstruation is stigmatized around the world.
A lack of information about menstruation leads to damaging misconceptions and discrimination, and can cause girls to miss out on normal childhood experiences and activities. Stigma, taboos and myths prevent adolescent girls — and boys — from the opportunity to learn about menstruation and develop healthy habits.
The Big Smile Foundation ranforced her commitment to ending all forms of humiliating behaviours and violence against women and girls including as a result of mensuration.