The Pad Project is a nonprofit organization founded by a group of high school students and their teacher dedicated to the principle that “a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” All over the world, particularly in low and middle-income countries, one of the reasons why students miss class is a lack of access to affordable and hygienic menstrual products. Nearly fifty percent of the world’s population will experience menstruation. The Pad Project’s job is to ensure that one hundred percent of them have the tools to manage it.
In order to raise awareness about this critical human rights issue, The Pad Project committed to raise the funds to send a pad manufacturing machine, along with a year’s worth of raw materials, to a village in rural India and to document the process on film. That film, Period. End of Sentence., won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short and sparked a global conversation about menstrual equity. The documentary depicts how the installation of a pad machine provides access to affordable and hygienic menstrual products and fosters a micro-economy for the women who operate it.
Since the film’s Netflix release and Oscar win, The Pad Project has received requests for pad machines from diverse individuals and organizations from over 95 countries. The Pad Project is committed to devoting resources to partner responsibly with communities seeking a pad machine and other menstrual health management programs including educational workshops and reusable cloth pads. The Pad Project’s mission is to create and cultivate local and global partnerships to end period stigma and to empower women worldwide.
The Pad Project is a nonprofit organization founded by a group of high school students and their teacher dedicated to the principle that “a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” All over the world, particularly in low and…