Nearly half of the world’s population menstruates at some point in their lives. Menstruation can affect everything from education and gender equality to the economy and the environment. So why aren’t we talking about periods more?

By Emma Libner for the Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub)


When Berlin-based student Franka Frei planned to write her bachelor thesis in applied media studies at a major German university in 2018, no one would have thought that it would eventually cause a stir that would shake the country. Unlike her fellow students, Franka was passionate about understanding more about the taboos surrounding menstruation for her bachelor’s thesis.

There was just one problem: not a single professor in her faculty was willing to have anything to do with her project.

Not one.

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