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Dr Michelle Frank shares the why and how we get periods - and what could be considered some red flags. Today, the monthly period has over 5000 euphemisms, according to Clue’s international survey. Whether you call it Aunt Flow, time of the month, chums, shark week, or 'alarmstufe rot' (German for code ‘red alarm’), menstruators across the globe chime in unison, that they are ‘on their period’.
Innovative approaches to addressing social stigma related to menstruation, led by women in Japan and China, are making the issue visible and highlighting the role it plays in gender inequality.
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of the Girl-Child (IDGC) today, child advocates in the country have lamented that there is little to celebrate as the country ranks bottom six globally in child welfare, and bottom 10 for girls flourishing, an index that may be exacerbated by the pandemic and cultural inhibitions of the girl-child. Find out more here
President Jair Bolsonaro’s decision to block a plan to distribute free sanitary pads and tampons to disadvantaged girls and women has been met with outrage in Brazil, where period poverty is estimated to keep one in four girls out of school. Find out more here
When it comes to women's health, Americans — and the advertisers that market to them — are getting blunter.