Keeping girls in school


Globally, the largest ever generation of girls are entering a critical time in their education- as they start to menstruate and become sexually active. Challenges in managing their reproductive health can make it difficult for girls to attend school and many drop out during adolescence. Marie Stopes International Australia and WaterAid Australia are partnering to keep girls in school in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Leaving school at an early age can:

  • Limit girls economic opportunities and social prospects
  • Increase the likelihood of child marriage and early pregnancy
  • Perpetuate gender inequality.

The long term impacts can be devastating for a girl’s future.

Talking to girls and their families about their reproductive health and menstrual health (yep, periods!) and providing them with products and services to meet their needs can make a huge difference in their ability to stay in school.

Girls walking down the street
 A group of young women

That’s why we’ve come together to address these two interrelated issues: pregnancy and menstrual health. With support from the Australian government through the Gender Action Platform, Marie Stopes International Australia and WaterAid Australia are partnering to deliver a project that will focus on:

  • Keeping girls in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste in school through reducing unintended pregnancies and improving menstrual health
  • Strengthening women-led business for the manufacture of reusable, accessible hygiene products.

Through this project we want to support girls to be healthy, educated and empowered.

How can you help?

If you would like to help girls continue their education, please consider donating. Every donation you make to this project will be combined with funding from the Australian government to reach more people.*

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Adolescent pregnancy remains a leading cause of death and disability for girls aged 15-19, and is a major contributing factor to poor school attendance and completion (Guttmacher, 2016). Similarly, an inability for girls to manage menstruation in hygienic and dignified ways, or to access quality and affordable sanitary products contributes to poor health and social outcomes, including school absenteeism (Sommer et al, 2016). In developing countries – including in Asia Pacific – these issues are compounded.

* MSIA and WaterAid Australia have committed to contribute $1 for every $5 we receive from the Australian government. Your donation will allow us to extend our programs.