Breaking Down Barriers: Coming of Age, Becoming the Change

Emerging research from the Pacific suggests that managing menstruation hygienically and with dignity can be challenging for girls in the school setting, with multiple barriers intersecting that leave girls disempowered.

As there has been very limited research into menstruation in Kiribati specifically, this study was commissioned to develop a set of school-based programmatic recommendations that are context specific, aiming to improve girls’ experiences of menstruation in the school setting.

The Ministry of Education acknowledges that good Menstrual Hygiene Management is essential for supporting the empowerment of girls by promoting dignity and reducing barriers to educational participation, thereby promoting inclusive education.

This report presents findings from research that was undertaken in Kiribati in November and December 2017. The study was led by the Ministry of Education and was funded by UNICEF under the Kiribati WASH in Schools programme.

  • Publisher: Kiribati Ministry of Education (MOE) Kiribati WASH in Schools (KWINS)