#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe

by Talia Women's Network
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#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe
#EndPeriodPoverty for Girls in Rural Zimbabwe

Project Report | Sep 27, 2022
Back to School...

By Saliwe Mutetwa-Zakariya | Director

Period talk with the girls...
Period talk with the girls...

The month of September means 'Back to School' for the learners. In Zimbabwe, September is also the month that the popular Jacaranda trees are in full bloom, beautifying the landscape with their purple flowers. However, to the exam classes, Jacaranda trees signal something else - when the cities are painted purple, it also means exam season is upon us.

With the country going through a really tough economic period, which has seen the prices of all basic commodities increasing - many households are finding it hard to afford day to day living. Parents and guardians were frantically trying to secure school fees to enable the children to go back to school. With so many demands on the scarce resources at household level, it is no surprise that menstrual hygiene products are not a priority in most households, leaving many women and girls in a very vulnerable state.

Talia Women's Network partnered with long time 'Friends of Talia' and held a menstrual hygiene outreach session in Hatcliffe Extension on the outskirts of the capital city, Harare. This is a low income community which was established after some illegal settlements were demolished by the government in a clean up campaign more than ten years ago (Operation Murambatsvina). The community first settled in tents that were provided by UNICEF and are slowly regularising their accommodation and shelter through construction of houses. However, there is still a lot of development that needs to be done in the Hatcliffe community, in terms of basic services (water, electricity) and infrastructure (roads, schools, healthcare facilities).

We spent the morning with eighty-eight (88) girls from this community talking to them about menstrual health and hygiene, sexual reproductive health and rights, and career guidance. The girls expressed a desire to break the cycle of poverty that surrounded most of their families. Most resorted to using old cloths and rags to manage their monthly periods and unfortunately sometimes missed school because of lack of proper hygiene products.

The girls received CHAYIL Reusable Pads and were trained on how to use them effectively. The pads are a safe, hygienic and affordable product. With the pads, the girls have one less thing to worry about, ensuring full attendance at school and more time for study for the upcoming exams.

Talia Women's Network is priviledged to be able to continue in the fight against period poverty and keeping the girls in school.

Happy to receive the reusable pads...
Happy to receive the reusable pads...
Hatcliffe Extension outreach...
Hatcliffe Extension outreach...
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Talia Women's Network

Location: Harare - Zimbabwe
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @talia_wn
Project Leader:
Saliwe Mutetwa-Zakariya
Harare , Zimbabwe
$12,582 raised of $15,000 goal
89 donations
$2,418 to go
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