Confronting Period Poverty in India: A Critical Challenge

Shambhavi Shukla


What is Period Poverty?

Period poverty refers to the difficulties women and girls face in accessing menstrual products and education. It's a complex issue intertwined with socio-economic factors, cultural stigma, and lack of infrastructure. It's not just the inability to afford sanitary products but also encompasses the challenges in managing menstruation safely, hygienically, and with dignity.

Causes of Period Poverty and Their Solutions

Lack of Awareness and Education

Many women and girls in India grow up without proper knowledge about menstruation, leading to misconceptions and stigma. Solution: Implement comprehensive menstrual education programs in schools and communities.

Cultural Taboos and Stigma

Menstruation is often seen as impure or taboo in various cultures. Solution: Conduct awareness campaigns to break the stigma and normalize conversations about periods.

Economic Barriers

Many cannot afford menstrual products. Solution: Increase the availability of affordable and sustainable menstrual products.

Inadequate Sanitary Facilities

Lack of clean and private facilities in schools and public places. Solution: Improve infrastructure and ensure access to clean water and sanitation.

How Pinkishe is Addressing the Period Taboo in India?

Pinkishe Foundation is at the forefront of breaking menstrual taboos in India. Through workshops, distribution of free pad kits, and partnerships, Pinkishe is transforming the narrative around menstruation, promoting menstrual health and hygiene, and empowering women and girls across the nation.


What is the Impact of Period Poverty?

Period poverty leads to health risks, hampers education and limits opportunities for women and girls, perpetuating gender inequality.

Why is Period Poverty Important?

Addressing period poverty is crucial for ensuring health, dignity, and equality for women and girls, and is vital for sustainable development.

How Can We Stop Period Poverty?

Combating period poverty requires a multifaceted approach, including policy changes, community engagement, increased accessibility to menstrual products, and breaking cultural taboos.

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