Days for Girls continues to reach women and girls in Lebanon with menstrual health products and education. In November, Lebanon Enterprises were happy to receive an order from Concern Worldwide for 150 DfG Kits for distribution in their programs. The Enterprises produced the Kits and delivered this order successfully, enabling more women and girls to have what they need to manage their periods with dignity and health.
At present, the Lebanon Enterprises are hard at work producing another 350 Kits for an order generously sponsored by a donor. These Kits will be distributed to Syrian refugee women and girls and Lebanese women and girls in the coming months. Thank you for your generous support of Days for Girls in Lebanon as we turn periods into pathways.
On August 26, 2022, researchers at the University of Beirut published a new study on menstrual health challenges in Lebanon during the severe economic crisis that has impacted the country over the past two years. Researchers interviewed stakeholders from the government, healthcare and nonprofit sectors to understand women’s menstrual health experiences. The study identified several specific ways that the economic crisis has impacted menstrual health management:
A lack of Ministry of Health budget allocation towards women's health means that period products have not been subsidized in the same way that other hygiene-related products have (like razor blades).
There is only one local producer of pads in Lebanon, and the raw materials used to make those pads are currently not subsidized. As a result, locally produced pads are as expensive as imported brands.
New challenges of water scarcity have impacted the ability of women and girls to properly use reusable products like cups or washable pads.
Interviewees shared that the result of these challenges has been significant:
Women are resorting to the use of makeshift products (such as old clothes or cotton).
Women and girls experience anxiety and shame about not having products and fear of stigmatization due to leakage.
Women and girls are missing days of school and work when they do not have products to manage blood flow and need to stay at home.
Women and girls are experiencing skin and genital infection from makeshift products or use of disposable products for longer than recommended, in order to stretch finances.
Days for Girls Lebanon is responding to these challenges among both Lebanese and refugee communities, working to ensure that women and girls in Lebanon are supported in managing their periods with safety, health, and dignity.
Recently, the DfG Lebanon team provided DfG washable pad kits and comprehensive menstrual health education to 40 Syrian refugee women and girls in Damour – about 20 km south of Beirut. Our partner who sponsored this distribution reported, “What we were hearing from the young girls and ladies that came for the teaching was that they did not have any education on their bodies and how beautiful it is to be a woman. After the teaching we were able to have the girls make menstrual bracelets that were so well received to help them understand how the menstrual cycle works day by day. Thank you for what you do for Days for Girls. It is very important to spread the news of this program and reach out to more girls with this teaching."
In total, DfG Lebanon has reached 2,100 women and girls this year. This would not have been possible without the generous contributions of our amazing donors. Thank you for your part in helping to insure dignity for women and girls in Lebanon.
Your Partnership Is Providing Dignity to Girls in Lebanon during Uncertain Times
By Erin Hale | Development Associate
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.
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