How your monthly gift can help end period poverty

If you’ve ever been helped out with a spare pad, or tampon – pass on the favour to someone in need. Giving a monthly gift could help women, girls and people who menstruate with the sanitary products they need, every month.

Donation value

£10 per month

could help pay the salary of a nurse to teach girls at schools and girls’  clubs about their menstrual health and reproductive rights. 

£7 per month

could  help fund workshops to teach girls how to make their own reusable sanitary towels.

£3 per month

could help  provide hygiene kits containing sanitary towels for  those  who  can’t  afford them.

Or choose your own amount to give

per month

Why we work to end period poverty

Access to menstrual products and safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them is essential for anyone who menstruates. So is the right to manage our periods without shame or stigma

But around the world, millions can’t afford or don’t have access to the safe menstrual products they need. 

A lack of access to menstrual products means some people are forced to manage their periods in dangerous, unsanitary and ineffective ways

And it’s not only the potential health risk – period poverty can also mean girls’ education, well-being, and sometimes entire lives are affected

What ActionAid does

ActionAid work with women and girls, community leaders, men and boys, schools and governments to help end period poverty around the world — once and for all

  • In many of the world’s poorest countries, we provide training on how to make reusable sanitary pads, which are affordable and sustainable.  
  • In our girls’ clubs and safe spaces in schools, we help girls learn about their bodies, menstruation and health, build confidence and come together to advocate for their rights.
  • And in humanitarian crises, we distribute kits containing menstrual products, soap and clean underwear, so women, girls and people who menstruate can manage their periods safely and with dignity.

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Your gift could help support a girl like Hibaq, from Somaliland.


How ActionAid helps women and girls like Hibaq

15-year-old Hibaq lives in a camp for displaced people in Somaliland. 

She's been there since 2017, when devastating droughts meant her family lost their entire livelihood.

"When the drought got serious we started to move from one place to another," she said. "My legs couldn’t manage that journey, walking from one place to another. It was so painful."

Like many in the camp, Hibaq struggles to manage her periods due to poor living conditions. There are no private toilets, and nowhere to wash clothes and underwear. It's a two-hour journey to collect water so she can stay clean.

ActionAid have been distributing hygiene kits in the camp, containing essentials like pads, soap and underwear.

It means that even when they've lost everything, girls like Hibaq can still manage their periods safely, and with dignity

Share a better period with a girl like Hibaq

About ActionAid

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.

Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We're committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women's economic empowerment, and supporting women's and girls' rights during humanitarian crises.

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Page updated 2 June 2021