not a girl’s
Our mission is to ensure that
100% have the tools to manage it.
The global narrative surrounding menstruation centers on shame and secrecy. Our goal is to rewrite that narrative, transforming it into a source of empowerment and pride.
Creating a menstrual
Around the world, girls face barriers to receiving a quality education because they lack access to menstrual health education, adequate water, sanitation, hygiene facilities, and affordable, hygienic menstrual products.
A REVOLUTIONARY MACHINE
Arunachalam Muruganatham invented a machine that manufactures sanitary pads out of natural, locally-sourced materials at a low cost—just 5 cents per unit.
He, and other like minded entrepreneurs, inspired us to help expand access to menstrual health products and education worldwide.
Menstrual equity cannot be achieved through one machine, or even many. Our organization takes a multi-pronged approach to achieving menstrual equity, combining pad machines with community partnerships, sexual and reproductive health education, and domestic advocacy work.
The Pad Project was started in 2013 by a youth-driven community of students and educators convinced that menstruation matters for everyone. We set out to take action with the limited knowledge and resources we had and have grown as students and as an organization in the process. What began as a documentary film project highlighting a single village has expanded to an organization with global reach.
LAUNCHING A MOVEMENT
With the support of family and friends, we created the 2018 Academy Award- winning Netflix Short Documentary, PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE., to dispel the stigmas surrounding menstruation. The documentary raises awareness about the power of education and demonstrates the impact of launching a microeconomy. The movement goes beyond the screen as The Pad Project continues to work to raise funds, awareness, and education throughout the world.
We're stronger together
We are ready to give this project everything we have, but we know we can’t do it alone.