Updated: Mar 4
Period Poverty Project is a sensitive project for me. I remembered my young days being bullied at school every time I 'leaked' during my menstruation just because I did not bring any menstrual pad and no one at school was willing to give me their back up.
The boys made fun of me, and the girls were pointing fingers at me. Most schools in Bali always ran out of clean water most of the time. The toilets were foul without any janitors ever hired to clean them. You could smell how stinky it was from miles away. It was disgusting. With no clean water running from the tap and with the foul smell of the toilets, obviously, I had to go home in the middle of the study to get changed and because my home was quite far from school, I didn't come back to school for the rest of the day. This was what disempowerment felt like to me at the time.
"Empowered women, empower women!"
Today, I am in the position of those who are able to help and to change the society's view about menstruation. With this small project, I hope I can empower other women and create a hygienic, safe and better world for our children.