Keeping Girls in School

Priyanka Chopra Jonas joins Global Citizen and activists around the globe as they campaign to break down barriers to girls’ education. Meanwhile, Gayle King and Bonang Matheba rally tens of thousands of people to call on the South African government to commit $58 million toward ending period poverty and providing girls with the menstrual education and resources they need to stay in school and stay confident. Experts look at the broad range of issues that keep girls from getting an education, and the enormous progress that’s being made around the world, like the work by period product brand Always to provide puberty education and free product to girls from the U.S. to the U.K. to South Africa and beyond.

The KEEPING GIRLS IN SCHOOL episode aired on September 26, 2019.

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How helping girls manage their periods can fight poverty

Every day, all over the world—from Kenya to the US—millions of girls miss school because they lack the information and resources they need to navigate something totally natural, yet very challenging: the onset of menstruation. Learn more and see what Always, and its sister brands Whisper and Orkid, are doing to help girls get the education and support they need to stay in school and lead themselves, their families, and their communities, out of poverty.

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In South Africa, misconceptions and stigmas around periods can have a negative impact on girls’ education. See how that’s changing.

Providing products to girls who get their period can help keep them in school. Hear one girl’s true story.

About Always, Whisper & Orkid

P&G's period brands, Always, Whisper, and Orkid, are leading the way. They’re breaking down barriers, providing puberty and confidence education to more than 18 million girls in more than 70 countries each year and in the last year alone, they’ve donated more than 40 million period products to girls in need. #LikeAGirl

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Since 2012, Global Citizen has been campaigning on Girls’ Education. With 130 million girls out of school, addressing barriers to girl’s education is key to achieving the Global Goals. We have made great strides, but we still need to call on the South African government to implement their 157 million rand commitment this year for the Sanitary Dignity Programme. We also need to call on US representatives to support the passage of the bipartisan Keeping Girls In School Act (H.R. 2153 / S.1171) so we can unlock more USAID funding for responses that tackle 14 barriers to girls’ education, including sanitation and menstrual health. Here is how you can get involved - go to globalcitizen.org/activate and take action to support girls’ education.

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