“No Tampons, No Schooling.”

Although, my posts have generally been about American popular culture. I thought that this post was crucial to my blog’s topic.

In other countries across the globe, especially Least Developed Countries (LDCs) education for girls and women is primarily a non necessity. Girl’s make up 60 percent of the 73 million children in the world that don’t go to primary school. I guess no one noticed or cares, but this is a HUGE problem.

To provide insight onto this issue, I would like to go a bit into the subject of global poverty and the cultural norms that go along with it. Most LDCs put emphasis on the progression of men, training them and putting them into school. Because the male is the main, if not sole breadwinner in the communities and inside their household. The women are put into the stereotypical roles of maternal duties, basically having and raising children. So there is no push for the education of females. Especially since a lot of times there is a charge on parents for each child in school.

In sub-Saharan Africa, only 1 in 5 girls get any form of education at all. What is so ironic about why there should be a push for the education of women  in LDCs is how beneficial it is for them and their future children. A woman with 5+ years of education has a 40 percent better chance of her children living to age 5. Also with education, the girl’s are three times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS, a mind boggling epidemic in Africa.

Unfortunately there are a lot of families who just don’t believe it to be important or necessary to educate their daughters. For one, a lot of school’s are long distance and since there is a high rate of sexual abuse need chaperones. Another big problem is the whole situation of public restrooms and a girl’s menstrual period. A lot of times once a girl starts her period she must drop out of school because 9 times out of 10 they don’t have or have access to sanitary napkins and supplies. (Hence the title of this post).

Here is a Always commercial  on this issue:

This is a problem in almost any third world or developing country in the world. Surprisingly enough this even tends to happen here in America. Girl’s having to drop out of school due to family obligations or pregnancy is something that happens a little too often. Most times these women fall into poverty, and without an education it makes it EXTREMELY difficult to get out of it, thus causing the ‘generational poverty’ phenomena. It becomes a never ending circle.

And here I used to try to miss school because of PMS and cramps…


(Alter, Jonathan. “Education: It’s Not Just About the Boys, Get Girls into School”. Annual Editions. Developing World 10/11. Article 45 pg 208)

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2 Responses to “No Tampons, No Schooling.”

  1. Alessandra Wayne says:

    I totally agree. Poverty rates among African Americans is rapidly increasing and the success rate of minorities succeeding in primary/secondary school is decreasing, reducing admission into colleges and universities. Education IS the key to success and a woman’s role is not to lay around and have multiple children. It is not fair for a female to be displaced from school and denied an education because she has a menstrual cycle either and those in Africa aren’t supplied with the necessary materials they need- it’s not their fault. Males and females should be treated equally! Let’s hold ourselves to a higher standard and take advantage of all the opportunities afforded to us- regardless of social status. PERIOD.

  2. you know I use to complain about so many things when it came to my period, but put it into perspective and its nothing compared to what these girls face. I saw this commercial once but I never really thought about how much of an impact having menstrual supplies can effect girls in these countries. This makes me want to buy ALWAYS all the time! Love your life and everything in it ❤

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