Women represent around 80% of the garment industry in Bangladesh. Before HERproject, a number of women reported being absent during menstruation, often
because they had insufficient knowledge of or access to sanitary napkins, and lacked knowledge on how to manage menstrual pain. Women working in factories
have a tendency to see sanitary napkins as reserved for wealthier women, and would rather send the money home or spend money on other family members. Some
were afraid of buying sanitary napkins from men working in pharmacies. Women would therefore use scraps of cloth from the factory instead, leading to
infections and illness.