|Image from Action Aid.|
Being a girl can be hard especially when you're young on the cusp of being a woman. Trying to navigate yourself thru a mix of hormones, your body changing and finding out who you are, it really is a stressful time! Not to mention PERIODS, whether you were anxious for them to start. terrified at the thought of them, totally unaware of periods at all or even if you were fully prepared and aware, it can still a bit of an unsettling, embarrassing and scary time when you first notice some marks in your knickers.
While in a shopping centre toilet a week or so ago, I noticed a poster from action aid. Which was all about donating money for sanitary products to girls in war torn, impoverished and third world countries.
I immediately remembered my first period and how I'd known about them and understood what would happen when they did start. I still started crying sat on the toilet calling for my mum to come upstairs. I was 11 years old at the time and didn't feel ready to deal with it. I was still carefree playing make believe and acting like a child not wanting to worry about leaks and stomach pains.
Even though I found the whole thing really annoying and embarrassing I could talk to my mum and get advice on how to deal with it. Some girls aren't so lucky. Imagine having to cope with all the stresses of starting your period on your own with no family, no clean clothes and no sanitary products. I wouldn't have dreamt of even going to the shops to buy pads, when I was young. The thought people knowing you were on your period was soooo cringey and I would send my mum to stock up instead. These young girls don't even have the luxury of being able to purchase them.
|Image from http://www.want2donate.org/|
I was prepared and was still scared yet some of the young ladies don't have a clue what is happening to them. With no one to turn to, explain that its natural or products to help them feel clean and embarrassment free. I can't even fathom how those girls must feel. The thought of the poster and the girls stuck with me even now days later. ActionAid the charity mentioned in the poster. Really do some amazing work with people suffering all over the world and this is just one of the many campaigns they run. If you would like to help by donating or to find out more about the work the charity does check out their website here Action Aid.
Think back to when you were young, how would you have coped? What if it was your child or younger sister? It's gut wrenching to see young women in such heart breaking circumstances. If we could make the situation a little easier for them, how amazing would that be! Let's give these girls one less thing to worry about.
Lots of love,