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This blog is part of the GHE@Western blog series inspired by 16 days of activism Growing up, my family and I would visit Sri Lanka every few years in order to stay connected to our roots and become immersed in our culture, all while visiting family and relatives. These trips were so eye-opening and peaceful as I was able to truly appreciate Sri Lanka’s beauty and revel in its diversity, however, it wasn’t until I was much older that I was able to identify the inequality that was present there as well. When I was 15, I went to Sri Lanka and got my period at my aunt’s house in the village where my dad grew up. As a South-Asian girl, coming from a developed country, I was very privileged in that I personally had access to all the necessary sanitary items as I remembered to bring them on the plane and even bought some at the airport; this wasn’t the case for my cousins and the other women in my family.