COVID-19 is making period poverty worse worldwide. At a time when AEP's girls in Zambia are in most need of menstrual empowerment, our youth center remains closed due to the pandemic. In a recent poll, 30% of our girls reported using rags or traditional methods during their period. 72% said they would try a menstrual cup. Your support of this project will provide 200 girls with a menstrual health home check-in and training. Each girl will receive a pack of five reusable pads and a menstrual cup.
Period poverty was already a major issue globally. COVID-19's wide-ranging impact on menstrual health and hygiene has only brought more suffering to girls and young women living in poverty. In Zambia, too many face barriers to obtaining menstrual hygiene supplies and health services. With access to essential products at schools and resource centers limited due to closings, as well as rising costs for families facing economic uncertainty, these young women are facing even bigger hurdle.
The Reuse, Rise, Rejoice Project will provide 200 girls with a menstrual health home check-in and training. In additional, each girl will receive a pack of five reusable pads and a menstrual cup. In partnership with Copper Rose Zambia, we will empower these girls and young women by giving them access to reusable sanitary products that liberate them from their period poverty while also being trained on important menstrual information for their health and well-being.
The project will help end period poverty in Kafue, Zambia. Many factors from stigma to high prices of sanitary products to financial insecurity are major barriers for girls and young women to access the health services and sanitary products they need to end period poverty. The Reuse, Rise, Rejoice project seeks to empower one girl or young woman at a time with the resources and knowledge to end period poverty once and for all.