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Why Menstrual Hygiene is an Urgent Human Rights Issue

Expand A woman fetches water from a partially submerged hand pump in a flood-affected village in Sonitpur district in the northeastern state of Assam, India, September 11, 2017. © 2017 Reuters The biological fact of menstruation shouldn’t be a barrier to gender equality or stymie women’s and girls’ realization of their human rights. Yet many studies have documented how girls and women are able – or not – to manage their periods have a negative impact on how they are able to exercise and enjoy their rights. Decisions about how refugee camps, detention centers, schools, and workplaces operate…

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