Girls skip school during periods

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – More than a third of girls in South Asia miss school during their periods, often because they lack access to toilets or pads, and receive no education about menstruation before reaching puberty. The report by UNICEF found the region fell short of the WHO standard of one toilet for every 25 girls. In one district in Nepal there was just one toilet for every 170 girls. “Girls have an irrevocable right to education, lost if they feel unable to attend lessons for lack of sanitary products or clean, private toilets at school,” said WaterAid Chief Executive Tim Wainwright.

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