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Menstrual poverty in Poland. Magdalena Schejbal: over 35 percent of school-age girls have no knowledge about menstruation

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More than 50 percent of girls do not attend lessons because they do not have access to personal hygiene products, said Magdalena Schejbal, an actress cooperating with the Różowa Skrzyneczka Foundation, on TVN24, who talked about the problem of menstrual poverty and the importance of puberty education.

Magdalena Schejbal, actress, activist of the Różowa Skrzyneczka Foundation, told TVN24 about the problem of menstrual poverty and the importance of education about puberty. “More than 50 percent of girls miss school because they don’t have access to personal hygiene products,” she said. – More than 35 percent of girls of school age have no knowledge about puberty, menstruation. I assume that a similar percentage of young men have no idea about it – she added.

– There are 20 million women in the country, there will probably be more and more of us, as shown by the demographics – said Schejbal, pointing to the scale of the discussed problem.

Schejbal: this is still not talked about at home

The actress told how important it is to educate about puberty and related problems, also at home. – We still do not talk at home, we have a taboo subject, we feel embarrassed. (…) These are difficult topics, there is no need to pretend that they are not. That moment when you have to start a conversation with this young man who is maturing is just as difficult for a parent as it is for this young man, she said.

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– The school does not solve this problem. We have no knowledge about puberty, about menstrual education. Neither for young boys nor for girls. (…) How can such a young man support his woman later when he doesn’t really know how to do it, she said. She added that due to the lack of education, many girls and young women are also embarrassed when buying hygiene products in the store.

Magdalena Schejbal was a guest of TVN24TVN24

Magdalena Schejbal pointed out that one of the tools to combat the problem of menstrual poverty is the installation of boxes with hygiene products in public toilets, which is done by, among others, Pink Box Foundation. She added that it turns out to be ineffective for the school hygienist or nurse to dispose of these funds in her office, because “not all schools have such a room”. Secondly, as she pointed out, “we have a mental, psychological barrier where you have to ask for help, where you have to ask for such a hygiene product.” “This shame and this barrier just prevents some people from going and asking,” she added.

Rzeszow. Pink boxes were installed in 43 schools. There are pads and tampons insideGrzegorz Bukala/City Hall of Rzeszów

– It is important to support young people, even through such small things as a pink box, or even help during puberty – said Magdalena Schejbal.

Magdalena Schejbal was a guest of TVN24TVN24

Main photo source: Grzegorz Bukala/City Hall of Rzeszów



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