Around the world girls drop out of school for a number of reasons. In many cases these reasons are directly related to the physical changes girls face with the onset of adolescence. A lack of clean water, privacy and good sanitation can be closely linked to the rate girls leave school at the onset of menstruation.
In developing countries, girls are often responsible for gathering water and helping their mothers with household chores. This means that they can spend up to 6 hours per day collecting water. Often this means that they drop out of school because they can’t get these chores done and attend classes. In some cases, when they are able to complete their chores and still get to school, they are tired and focusing on schoolwork is a big challenge that is compounded by the inconvenience and stigma of menstruation.