A woman has her period 450 to 500 times in a lifetime, a little over 6 years when added up….

Yet it’s still a subject filled with stigma, suppressed and censored, all over the world.

  • In Africa, 1 in 10 girls miss school during their menstruation (UNESCO, 2014) 
  • In Nepal, 89% of girls suffer one or more forms of restriction during their menstrual periods, including having to leave school. (Indian NGO, Dasra, 2014) 
  • According to UNICEF, 48% of young girls in Iran believe that menstruation is a disease (UNICEF)

These alarming figures are notably due to the absence of separate bathrooms in schools, lack of proper hygiene protection, the shaming of young girls, and an unfortunate scarcity of information.

 

Starting January 21, the international NGO Care France, in partnership with advertising agency CLM BBDO, is launching the awareness campaign #RespectezNosRegles (“Respect our Periods”) to publicize the cause, still unknown to much of the public, and to highlight the actions CARE has undertaken in the field over the years.

Instagram influencers will post texts deliberately filled with errors to give the impression they quit school at the age of 12, the same age many girls leave because of the stigma about menstruation. 

A web and TV film directed by the duo Dr. Bowman featuring a mother and daughter going to school in the morning, a poignant film denouncing the situation of young women around the world and the effects this stigma about menstruation has on their education. 

Several French influencers (Natacha Birds, comedian and YouYuber Tristan Lopin, among others) will also be working with CARE to help relay the message In many countries, having your period can mean dramatic consequences for young women.

“In many developing countries, getting your period is more a battle for dignity than a natural cycle. This taboo has dramatic consequences on the lives of girls and women: considered impure when they’re on their period, they are socially excluded or even exiled from their homes; their health is endangered and, at puberty, many stop their schooling,” explains Philippe Lévêque, director of CARE France.

On Wednesday, January 9, a woman and her two children in Nepal were found dead of smoke inhalation in a hut where, per the ancestral custom, Chaupadi, women are banned during their menstruation, considered impure. The period taboo is thousands of years old and won’t be easy to erase, but we can all play a role. Together, we can make it happen!

#RespectezNosRegles

About CARE

Founded in 1945, CARE is one of the world’s largest humanitarian aid networks, apolitical and non-denominational. CARE addresses the root causes of extreme poverty and the consequences of climate change in emergency and long-term development situations. CARE puts women and girls at the heart of its programs. In 2018, the Care network helped 56 million people in more than 90 countries.

For more information: www.carefrance.org.

CREDITS CARE – #RespectezNosRegles

CARE France
President : Loraine Donnedieu de Vabres-Tranié
Managing Director : Philippe Lévêque
Marketing & Communication Director : Emanuela Croce
Communication and Media Representative : Laury-Anne Bellessa

BBDO PARIS
Executive Creative Directors : Benjamin Dessagne, Stéphane Santana et Matthieu Elkaim
Art Director : Clément Payen
Copywriter : Linnea Kavsjo et Damien Veillet
President : Valérie Accary
Account Director : Alix Dunoyer de Segonzac
Account Manager : Manon Debus Pesquet
Production Director : Julien Sanson
Senior Media & Social Activation Manager : Daniel Foerter
Assistant Managing Director and Director of Communication BBDO France : Lauren Weber
Social influence & eRP Manager : Auriane Desplanches

Production
Players Paris Producer : Pierre Jaspard
Director: Dr. Bowman

Post-production
Firm Chief Editor : Éric Jacquemin
Colorist: Jean-René Nebot
Sound Post-Production : Schmooze
Composer : Simon Dusausoy