A February 2014 survey of 738 middle and high school girls in Monrovia and Paynesville, the largest cities in the country, revealed that the average girl misses at least one day of school each month because of challenges related to their cycle. The primary reasons for such high absenteeism include:
- Lack of access to feminine hygiene products
- Lack of access to under garments
- Lack of access to pain relievers
This reality poses a clear and present danger to each girl. It undermines their safety and health. Girls who lack personal hygiene products often resort to using primitive materials like leaves and used cloths. This exposes them to infections and other health challenges.
Additionally, it leads to high rates of absenteeism, which results in poor academic performance and high dropout rates among girls. Moreover, girls are targeted by unscrupulous male teachers for sexual favors in exchange for make-ups on missed quizzes and tests.