Kenyan schoolgirl, 14, kills herself after alleged period shaming by teacher

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A young girl in Kibera, Nairobi. The death of a 14-year-old girl in Kabiangek has stoked debate about access to menstrual products in Kenya. Photograph: Emma Nzioka

A 14-year-old schoolgirl in Kenya took her own life after a teacher allegedly embarrassed her for having her period in class.The girl’s death has prompted protests from female parliamentarians and reignited a national conversation about “period shaming” and access to menstrual products.

The girl’s mother said her daughter was found dead last Friday after she got her period during class and stained her clothes. Her teacher allegedly called her “dirty” and expelled her from the classroom in Kabiangek, west of Nairobi.It was the girl’s first period, her mother told local media, and she did not have a sanitary pad.

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