Access to safe and affordable menstrual products is a major challenge for women and girls in East Africa. Femme International is working to change this by making reusable menstrual products available to women and girls in rural communities at affordable prices. Every woman has the right to understand how her cycle works, and Femme's network of trained local women will provide comprehensive educational workshops at the community level.
Access to menstrual products is extremely limited in East Africa. In rural Kenya and Tanzania, women are resorting to innovative, albeit, unsafe and uncomfortable methods to manage their periods. Menstruation is a multi-sectoral issue, an adaptive problem that requires behavioral change, education, and advocacy to be solved. Yet, because of cultural taboos, and myths; it is undermined by the policyholders, mostly men, who do not adequately/freely partake.
When women understand how their bodies work they are able to make safe & healthy decisions for themselves. This education will break down harmful menstrual taboos which limit women's activities during menses. Access to reusable menstrual products remove the financial burden of menstruation, and ensures girls have safe products to use every month, helping them to concentrate and excel in school, and community life. Products & education will be provided by a network of locally trained women.
To invest in women's health is a direct investment in the health of the entire community. This project will improve the overall health and well-being of Tanzanian women, as well as help girls stay in school by removing the financial burden and stigma associated with menstruation. Healthy, confident and educated women will become future community leaders and change the world.
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