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Unicef: 19% do not have money to buy sanitary pads in Brazil

A study promoted by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) revealed that 19% of people who menstruate in Brazil do not have money to buy sanitary pads.

Menstrual poverty is an obstacle

According to Gabriela Monteiro, adolescent participation officer at Unicef ​​in Brazil, the situation of menstrual poverty represents a “violation of rights and a challenge to guarantee menstrual dignity”.

The expert explained that the discussion on the topic gained greater visibility in Brazil from 2021, when Unicef ​​released a report on the scenario of inequalities faced by girls and adolescents who menstruate.

In addition to the lack of access to sanitary pads, Monteiro highlighted that menstrual dignity also involves the availability of adequate information, health infrastructure and an environment free from constraints.

Impact on education and social life

According to the survey, 77% of adolescents interviewed have felt embarrassment in public spaces or at school because they are menstruating. This scenario can lead to school dropout and make it difficult to participate in social and sporting activities.

Gabriela Monteiro highlighted that menstrual poverty is a complex problem, crossed by issues of class and race, requiring comprehensive public policies to guarantee menstrual dignity throughout the country.

Source: CNN Brasil

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