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Global Journalist: Tackling Menstrual Taboos to End 'Period Poverty'

Sep 5, 2019

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At this year’s Academy Awards a film called “Period. End of Sentence” won the Oscar for best short documentary. The movie focused on menstruation taboos in India and highlighted the story of a group of poor women who banded together to manufacture inexpensive menstrual pads. 

The success of the film gave new visibility to what’s often referred to as “period poverty.”

On this edition of Global Journalist: a discussion about period poverty and some of the ways that stigma about the issue affects women from India to Kenya to the United States.


Joining the program:

  • Soumya Dabriwal, founder of the Indian aid group Project Baala
  • Marni Sommer, associate professor of sociomedical sciences, Columbia University
  • Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, associate professor of behavioral sciences and public health, Saint Louis University
  • Sabrina Rubli, executive director of the East Africa aid group Femme International

Note: This program originally aired April 4, 2019. 

Assistant producers: Gaëlle Fournier, Annie Le, Connor O'Halloran Supervising producer: Rosemary Belson Visual editor: Megan Smaltz