Always Keeping Girls in School: Africa
Each year, more than 2 million primary school-aged girls in developing countries are forced to miss school during their periods because they don’t have access to sanitary products. Many girls miss up to a month of school, often so much that they just drop out altogether. No girl should have to miss school just because she is having her period.
To help empower these girls, P&G partnered with the Department of Basic Education, UNICEF, the Small Projects Foundation and other stakeholders to start the Always Keeping Girls in School programme in 2006.
The programme regularly distributes sanitary towels to girls from underprivileged areas and educates these girls about health issues and how to take care of themselves. Since 2006, P&G has provided over 8 million pads to help keep girls in school in Africa.