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A new report from Eastern and Southern Africa links shame and misinformation around menstruation to gender discrimination, child marriage, exclusion, poverty, violence and untreated health problems.
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“I felt embarrassed to be a girl and felt like it was a punishment,” recalled 13-year-old Faith, describing her first period. The Menstrual Health Management Symposium is taking aim at period shame.
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This International Day calls on the world to respect sexual and gender diversity, and to uphold the right of all people to live free of violence, persecution, stigma and discrimination.

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem observed the day with a statement...

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