“I think they just released a study that found that providing pads to keep girls in school wasn’t the silver bullet they had hoped it would be, but at the same time it still such an important factor. You really have to work with the whole environment. You can give a girl pads, but if she doesn’t have a safe place or a clean place to change her pads, she should stay at home and she should not go to school. If it dangerous for her to be in a dark corner to change her pad, she should be at home where it is safe, rather than at school where it is dangerous. It’s just this whole complex way we deal with women’s bodies in the world that needs to be addressed on multiple levels because thinking that just giving pads isn’t going to be the right answer if you don’t deal with the other things too. It’s good to see people talking about it, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We need to do so much work to really start dealing with this, but it’s good people's eyes are opening."

Tara Pokras