Girls attending a session.
"What do you do when you cannot access Menstrual Products?" I asked. "We use chicken feathers, sit on sand the whole day or use pieces of clothes" One lady answered. "Do you know anything about Menstruation?" I continued, "We are not allowed to talk about that" anothe lady replied.
This conversation came when were visiting a group of ladies in Samburu County. Samburu county is about 500 Kms from Kenya's capital Nairobi. This county is characterized by high level of poverty. Most women and girls cannot access quality education. Being a pastrolist comunity, they move from one place to another during dought to look for pasture and water.
Just few weeks ago one girl killed herself becasue of period stigma in Kenya. Mentruation is a topic that is never disussed in such commuties, menstruating women and girls are considered dirty, and they are mainly isolated during menstruation. In counties likes Samburu, men are not even allowed talk with women during menstruation.
We visisted Samburu county to raise awareness on menstrual stigma in addition to supporting women and girls get access to menstrual products. For most women and girls this was their first time talking about mensrruation openly at least with other people.
In addition to Menstruation we also supported the children get new pair of shoes and stationery. Some the children have never worn news pair of shoes in their life.
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