When Toma got her period for the first time, she began to cry. He didn’t understand why his body was bleeding and he worried. Her cousin, next to her, reassured her: “It’s normal, and you have to get used to it.” Like Toma, many girls in the world menstruate for the first time and do not understand what is happening to them.

In Kenya, 65% of women do not have access to menstrual hygiene products, either because they cannot afford them or are unaware of their existence. In a country where having access to menstrual hygiene products is a luxury, many girls are forced to drop out of school, accept forced marriages, and even resort to prostitution. In addition, the lack of these products often leads to infections or school absenteeism: girls do not want to go to school because they are embarrassed that others know that they bleed on those days.

One of the objectives of INTIMINA is to end menstrual poverty. More than 500 million women and girls in the world, including Spain, live without having their basic intimate hygiene needs covered. With menstrual education and awareness campaigns, INTIMINA ensures that these girls and women get adequate information and knowledge about managing their menstrual health, and access to quality feminine hygiene products.

Through a journey in her daily life, Toma shows in ‘The Menstrual Gap’ the difficulties that adolescent girls face in Kenya and in many parts of the world simply because of menstruating. And together with the INTIMINA team and Save a Girl Save a Generation, they walk a new path in search of “menstrual justice”.

Directed by: Jon Cuesta
Cinematographer: Juan Moreno
Producer: Hayat Traspas
Camera and editing: Sergio Moreno Gómez de Zamora
Location: Kibera Slums, Nairobi, Kenya

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