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

Thank you for your generous donations to Days for Girls’ work of bringing menstrual equity to women and girls in Lebanon. The current need for menstrual health solutions in Lebanon is great. UNICEF Lebanon recently reported that 87% of women in the country have changed their purchasing habits of menstrual supplies due to economic concerns, 76% of women are finding it difficult to even access menstrual supplies, and many simply cannot afford disposables. When faced with the choice of buying food for their families or period products for themselves, women are choosing to feed their families. With your donated funds and the help of amazing partners, we are doing all we can to fill this gap and ensure that as many women and girls as possible can have menstrual dignity. 

Recently, our three Lebanon Social Enterprises joined forces and merged into one powerful group of advocates for girls. Our new “Super” Enterprise is located in North Akkar. In collaboration, our entrepreneurs are working hard to fill a number of important orders for menstrual Kits in the region. The results of their hard work include:

  • A completed order of 1000 Kits for Marsa Sexual Health Centre;
  • A completed order of 300 Kits for Concern Worldwide;
  • A completed order of 740 Kits for two local organizations;
  • Collaborating with a university in the United Kingdom for a study on washable pads in Lebanon, and filling an order of 20 washable pads for their research preparation.

The feedback we receive from those using our pads is that they work! Lasting up to 3 years, our washable pads give women and girls peace of mind, confidence and security - qualities particularly important to those living in politically and economically uncertain communities.

Thank you for your part in bringing dignity to women and girls in Lebanon.

For more information, follow us on Facebook or Instagram: @DaysforGirlsLebanon

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You are playing an essential role in providing menstrual dignity for vulnerable refugees in Lebanon. Using your generous funds through Days for Girls’ Menstrual Health Equity for Women in Lebanon project through GlobalGiving, we are ensuring that women and girls have the tools they need to manage their menstruation while attending school and providing for their families. The following are our most recent advancements in menstrual equity in Lebanon.

  • In 2021, DfG Lebanon seamstresses produced 7,565 DfG Kits, the highest number of locally produced DfG Kits since we began in Lebanon. 
  • We completed our 2021 partnership with UNFPA and SOS Children's Villages Lebanon, producing and packing 5,000 Kits as well as training social workers on the distribution of washable pads. These Kits will be distributed in the coming months.
  • We reached 100 refugees in partnership with German NGO, Hildashaus.
  • We participated in the Jeyetna Menstrual Health festival.
  • We completed a project with ReHope Korea, reaching 700 refugee women and girls.
  • We provided 125 Kits for Kooyrigs, an Armenian humanitarian organization.
  • And, we already have orders for over 1,000 Kits for 2022 and are working on sourcing bulk fabric as the supply chain has become more difficult due to the economic situation in Lebanon.

Without support from our incredible donors, we would not be able to accomplish our goal to provide menstrual equity to those in need in Lebanon. You are essential to this work! Former US First Lady Michele Obama said, "We're in this together. Because these girls are our girls. They are us. They each have the spark of something extraordinary inside of them just like our daughters - and our sons - and their fate is very much our responsibility."

For more on Days for Girl’s global advancements in menstrual equity, see our 2021 Year End Report. Thank you for joining hands and linking arms for women and girls!

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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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