Pads Against Bullying

by My Arms Wide Open
Pads Against Bullying


Do you know the main reason why girls drop out of school? Their period. Yes, most girls cannot afford menstrual products and are being bullied by boys when they have their period in school, which causes them to drop out. This problem is so significant that less than 10% of girls in South Africa pass 8th grade and continue their education. Girls ultimately remain in the same condition they grew up, staying below poverty level their whole life. Thankfully, we found the solution with reusable menst

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Girls in school in South Africa drop out as soon as they get their first period because they cannot afford menstrual products nor extra underwear. At school, they are being bullied and teased for it by boys. The impact that has on a young lady is drastic. Girls drop out of school permanently because of the fear of being bullied on an everlasting monthly basis. Once they drop out, they are unable to find a job, and only 25% of women are employed in South Africa.


The Pads Against Bullying campaign will provide 5,000 girls in South Africa with one reusable menstrual kit. Each menstrual kit lasts up to 2 years and includes reusable pads, underwear and other menstrual products. With the menstrual pads, girls won't be bullied by boys, will be able to stay in school and graduate. They will also be able to find employment after graduation, which automatically boosts the economical state of the region. My Arms Wide Open via GirlStuff.Period employs 10 women fu

Long-Term Impact

Our major goal for Pads Against Bullying is to provide reusable menstrual kits to stop the bullying for 5,000 girls in South Africa within 2 months, so they can pursue their education and graduate. Our second goal is to increase employment for women in South African communities. For this, Pads Against Bullying funding will also be used to provide employment for GirlStuff.Period and increase it by 20% every year until the drop-out rate has been reversed to single digits. Pads Against Bullying wil


Organization Information

My Arms Wide Open

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
Twitter: @MyArmsWideOpen

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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