Period poverty in Lebanon

A research study on the perceptions of girls and women in Lebanon on menstruation

This research study is the first to address the nation-wide perceptions of girls and women on menstruation, the prevalence of period poverty and the practices of girls and women in response to the multiple complex crises in Lebanon.

The deteriorating economic situation in the country has affected girls and women, especially those in underprivileged areas. This is due to the increase in prices of menstrual pads and other hygiene items without any control or subsidies from the government. The increase in prices was between 98% and 234% for products made in Lebanon and between 66% and 409% for imported products (according to Statistics Lebanon).

As a result, a high percentage of women and girls are unable to afford menstrual pads and resort to unsanitary and potentially dangerous methods of coping with their periods. 

According to the COVID-19 rapid needs assessment that Plan International carried out in April 2020, 66% of the girls living in Lebanon cannot afford to buy sanitary pads and other related products. The problem is exacerbated by a fear of stigma about speaking out and demanding the needs and rights of girls and women as the topic is still considered taboo.

Plan International Lebanon is tackling the issue of period poverty through advocacy and programmes.

This research study (including a national-level survey) was conducted in partnership with local partner Fe-Male organisation, to better understand the prevalence and factors affecting period poverty as well as the implications on girls and women.

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Emergencies, Sexual and reproductive health and rights, Menstruation