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The pandemic and period Poverty: COVID-19’s bloody mark on the war on women’s bodies

Racheal Hendershot


COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on women and young girls worldwide by contributing to global period poverty. Quarantine and the closing of schools have worsened access to sanitary products for populations in need, specificaly young school-age girls. Moreover, the emergency transition of sanitary product factories into surgical mask factories during the pandemic has lead to a sanitary product shortage that has added to period poverty in many countires such as the USA and India. Without access to period products, women and young girls face worsening health outcomes and educational opportunities.


women's health; poverty; COVID-19; global health


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