Millions of women and girls today lack the facilities, materials and information to manage the simple but vital biological acts of defecation and, especially, menstruation. In much of the world, menstruation means stigma, taboo and shame, keeping women from work and girls from school. This stigma, taboo and shame deny not only health and education; it denies dignity. There is good news: access to sanitation, hygiene and knowledge are proven drivers of life-long empowerment for adolescent girls. Focusing on real-life experiences and the latest evidence, the session will boast a dynamic, change-making dialogue between development partners, government representatives, women champions and academia.