Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon

by Days for Girls International
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Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon
Photo courtesy of Anera
Photo courtesy of Anera

Thank you for your support of menstrual equity for women in Lebanon. Using your funds, we are continuing our outreach in the embattled country. And we have exciting news to report!

First, teaming up with Anera, we recently distributed 2,200 menstrual kits and health education to Palestinian, Syrian, and Lebanese women and girls at the Nahr El Bared Palestinian Refugee Camp, as well as the Akkar region, the city of Halba, the village of Bourkayel, Wadi Al Jamous, and Bebnin. Anera reported, “Many of the young women are initially somewhat skeptical about the idea of washable pads — but they come around to the idea as they learn more about the product and how they provide an effective solution that eliminates monthly costs and lasts years. Older women, on the other hand, are often reminded of the washable cotton cloths that they and their mothers once used, before commercial pads were introduced to the Syrian market.”

Secondly, Khyrieh Al Assad, Days for Girls Lebanon Country Representative recently participated in a panel discussion addressing complications with menstrual dignity in refugee settings during the pandemic. In the discussion, Khyrieh reported findings from a recent survey that showed that 60% of women and girls felt unsafe while changing their menstrual materials. She reported that often multiple refugee families share a single washroom facility (for both males and females) without locks. Women reported that they have lost their sense of privacy during lockdown because men who were unable to work often occupied that shared space. Days for Girls advocacy experts are addressing these infrastructure issues. With donated funds, we are implementing simple retrofits such as designated male and female washrooms, doors that lock, and bright lighting around wash facilities.

Lastly, in September, Days for Girls Lebanon signed a tripartriate partnership with UNFPA Lebanon and SOS Children’s Villages Lebanon to reach a record number of women and girls in Lebanon. Our goal is to reach 5,000 women and girls by the end of the year with tools to handle their periods with dignity and education that will arm them with the knowledge to make informed decisions that will positively impact them for the rest of their lives. 

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our donors. Thank you for making the well-being, equity, and education of girls a priority. Together, we will reach the goal of a world where periods are never a problem.

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At Days for Girls, we are leading the charge in our commitment to provide women and girls the basic tools and knowledge to handle their menstruation with dignity. This is largely due to your support, our GlobalGiving donors. Thank you for your generosity and your continued commitment to some of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls. 

We are pleased to share with you the latest achievements of our Lebanon Country Coordinator Khayrieh Al Assad and the DfG Lebanon Team:

  • Khayrieh was a panelist for the "Periods In and After the Pandemic: Refugee Spotlight" Webinar held the week of Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28) which you can access here.
  • Khayrieh was featured on Episode 9 of the DfG Podcast as part of our International Women's Day celebration.
  • Chaza Akik DrPH of the American University of Beirut interviewed Khayrieh as part of a UNFPA commissioned study on menstrual hygiene in Lebanon. The findings of the study were recently released in this study: "Assessment of the potential acceptability and utility of using reusable sanitary pads, and perceptions of awareness-raising on menstrual hygiene among vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugee women and girls" .
  • The DfG Lebanon Social Enterprises sold 100 Menstrual Kits to Concern Worldwide and 800 Menstrual Kits to Jeytna.
  • DfG Lebanon is in the process of registering as a local Lebanese NGO. This will open up our scope and opportunity to reach more women, girls, and communities in the region.
  • DfG Lebanon continues partnering with Anera and Americares in Kit distributions. To date, these organizations have donated 9,000 Kits as part of our Lebanon Emergency Response Project.

With your support and the hard work of our incredible Lebanon Team, we are ending period poverty for so many in Lebanon and the region! It is our goal to assure every girl that she matters, regardless of her life circumstances. Thank you for the important role you play in helping us make this goal a reality.

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2020 was a difficult year across the globe. However, Lebanon faced some of the toughest challenges of any nation. Not only were they affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but the explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020 left hundreds of thousands of people without basic services. With the funds you generously donated to Days for Girls’ (DfG) Syrian Refugee campaign through GlobalGiving, our Lebanon team has helped ease the burdens of women and girls in Lebanese and refugee communities during this time. The following are just some examples of the impact of your generous gift:

  • Distributions of 23,115 DfG Kits are ongoing for those impacted by the explosions and Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Our work with Palestinian refugees has been in partnership with Anera and Americares.
  • The three DfG Lebanon Social Enterprises and Country Coordinator Khayrieh Al Assaad have been so successful (notwithstanding the pandemic and the explosion) that the three Enterprises have decided to join forces and form one larger, stronger Social Enterprise. Their collaboration focuses on joining hands to have a greater reach in their community. Their new Social Enterprise will have an amplified voice in providing women and girls in the region what they need to retain their dignity, even during difficult crises.
  • DfG recently rented a new facility for both our country office as well as the new robust Social Enterprise. In the new facility, our Social Entrepreneurs are working on building up an inventory of Kit components -- using this time of limited social interaction to increase their supplies of Kit components to ensure they can be flexible and agile for upcoming sales, projects, and emergencies.

Days for Girls remains committed to doing all we can to provide for the menstrual needs of women and girls in Lebanon during these challenging times, including in the Syrian and Palestinian refugee communities. Our services would not have been possible without your generous support. Thank you!

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On August 4th, two devastating explosions struck the port of Beirut, Lebanon. With help from your donations, Days for Girls was one of the first NGOs to respond with aid to those affected by the tragedy. 

The aftermath of this tragedy – combined with the impacts of COVID-19, civil unrest, and widespread economic turmoil – has significantly hindered the ability of Lebanon’s women and girls to manage their menstruation. An estimated 84,000 menstruators were displaced from their homes following the Beirut explosions, and now struggle to meet basic health needs in temporary shelters or settlements. Meanwhile, the cost of period products is skyrocketing nationwide – untouched by government subsidies designed to make other “essential goods” more accessible amidst widespread inflation and poverty. These conditions are especially difficult for the already stretched refugee communities of Beirut.

In response to this crisis, your donations allowed Days for Girls Lebanon to double down on efforts to reach as many women and girls as possible. Prior to the explosions, this local team focused primarily on bringing menstrual health solutions to Syrian and Palestinian refugee communities. Now, DfG Country Coordinator Khayrieh Al Assaad is leading local menstrual health champions in a coordinated effort to serve both refugee and Lebanese women and girls. 

To date, Days for Girls Lebanon has helped distribute washable face masks to more than 4,200 people in Beirut, and is in the process of distributing over 21,000 DfG menstrual health Kits to women and girls as well (in partnership with local and international organizations). Partnering with local NGOs, our Lebanon team has also distributed 300+ hygiene boxes (shampoo, soap, towels) and 500+ boxes of clean water.

We could not do this important and timely work without your continued support. We know that our Days for Girls supporters are also impacted by global crises, which makes it all the more remarkable that you continue to care for the world’s most vulnerable communities. Thank you!

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Because Periods Don’t Stop for Pandemics, our Syrian Refugee project has continued to reach girls and women in vulnerable refugee communities. And thanks to your generous support, displaced Syrian women and girls are getting much needed supplies to manage their menstruation with dignity AND protection from the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is an update on our latest work that your donations supported:

  • COVID-19 has not stopped the momentum of the Enterprises who have been busy sewing to complete a recent order of 2000 DfG Kits which, when fulfilled, will be added to the refugee project distributions. This will bring our total to 6480 women and girls receiving DfG Kits!
  • Our local Syrian women sewist have also been receiving orders from several organizations in Lebanon including Concern Worldwide and Oxfam. Between November 2019 and March 2020 These women have sold a total of 1057 Kits (in addition to the refugee project orders they are fulfilling).
  • Since the outbreak of COVID-19, DfG Enterprises pivoted to sewing washable, reusable masks to meet the needs in their communities. They have received orders totaling 1000 masks from local organizations and communities and are sewing these in addition to filling Kit orders and prepping to resume refugee health education training and distributions.

Your generous donations are making all of this possible. And as you can see, these amazing women are working harder than ever with funds from your donations to reach displaced and disadvantaged women and girls in Syrian refugee communities. The work we are doing at Days for Girls, in collaboration with you--our amazing donors--is needed now, more than ever. Thank you!

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