In rural Ethiopia, menstruation is a taboo subject, rarely discussed publicly or privately. Many schools don’t have adequate toilets, and girls often can’t afford sanitary pads. They make do with strips of cloth, dry grass and pieces of old mattresses.
Not having adequate bathrooms and sanitary supplies leads to embarrassing situations at school. As a result, girls often stay home three to five days a month and fall behind in their studies. Some eventually drop out.
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