By making this purchase you’re not only getting a really awesome shirt, but taking a stand against global health inequalities.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is an annual celebration of the achievements of women all around the world. This year, the theme for IWD, #BalanceforBetter, focuses on how we can achieve equality and balance in all aspects of life for women and men.
So, what does this have to do with water, sanitation, and hygiene? Well, everything!
- Women and girls in developing countries spend up to five hours a day, three-and-a-half miles on average, collecting water.
- Among many cultures, periods are seen as dirty and shameful. Young girls are often ridiculed or forced outside of the community during their periods.
- Schools and workplaces lacking basic sanitation force women and girls to avoid defecation until nightfall, causing health complications and exposing them to risk of assault.
- Hygiene services are inadequate in 47% of schools globally. Without access to products or facilities, more than 1 in 5 girls in India drop out of school. Once they start menstruation and 1 in 10 girls in Africa miss school because of their periods.