Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda

by Volunteer Action Network
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
Provide Sanitary Pads to Women and Girls in Uganda
"I almost lost my Pride"
"I almost lost my Pride"

"I was really worried about my family since all public activities were suspended and my family depended on the market to earn income. Like many other girls, I felt unsafe when all small shops closed. It has been difficult for girls in the community to get sanitary and hygiene products during this pandemic, many have been exposed to worse challenges such as forced marriage I almost lost my pride"  Says Daphine 15 years-

“Due to lack of sanitary pad supply, females are depending on using traditional cloth napkins. Many of them don’t know the proper way of cleaning it and likely there is ample scope for bacterial infection.” 

According to Plan International, in Uganda 28% of girls miss school because they are menstruating. They meet challenges in access and affordability of menstrual products for example pads and end up improvising with materials that are not hygienic such as cow dung, old used clothes among others, lack of proper sanitation infrastructure both in schools and at homes and those that have them are in a really poor condition with no doors or the women and girls have to share the facilities with men and boys and insufficient knowledge of menstrual hygiene management. This is indeed a worrying situation that calls for joint efforts by all implementing partners.

Through the pandemic period, we continued manufacturing and distributing our locally made sanitary pads reaching out over to 2,850 girls and women 

Distributing pads alone is not enough. We have been conducting MHM education targeting girls, boys, women, and men to addressing stigma, education, and leadership 

We are joining the world and we believe;- A world without period poverty and stigma is possible. We cannot wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to end. We need to step up action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) NOW!

We hope you will join us and consider donating to this special #MHDAY2021 Click https://www.globalgiving.org/39549

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Pads Distribution during COVID-19 lockdown
Pads Distribution during COVID-19 lockdown

The effects caused by the measure to combat COVID-19 has affected the production and distribution of affordable sanitary pads to many girls and women. This shortage has resulted in a further bigger threat of increased teenage pregnancy and child marriages in many rural communities, If the supply does not flow continuously we risk having many girls dropping out of school.

“There is a lot of demand for affordable pads. We have received a lot of requests,” says Minishifa a project officer from one of our production units. Our production units have been idling since the lockdown was imposed, simply because we were not able to receive the raw materials. Through the period we have been distributing pads that were produced and in storage to needy girls and women and also supplying them at a cost to those seeking to buy.

There is a growing fear that if the schools open in March 2021 we might not be able to supply the needy rural schools with affordable pads if the governments do not act urgently to restore the normal production of affordable sanitary pads, the gains made over the last years in improving menstrual hygiene may be reversed in rural and peri-urban areas.  We will want the government to allow normal operations of the units making these sanitary pads while observing social distancing norms as well as the unfettered distribution of the pads. Most of our units and distribution of the pads are done by women, who are organized as self-help groups. A return to normalcy is also important to restore the livelihood of these women,  Says:-  Bukenya

When the government partially open schools for candidate classes we have distributed over 1,260 packs of sanitary pads. We acknowledge this is not enough and we will need to double our supply in the coming months, we can never sit back and watch the future of young girls robbed. 

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"Because of you I have returned back to school safe, many of my friends are pregnant and some have been forced to get married, others ran away from their homes due to violence and the luck of the essentials like sanitary pads," Says- Esther -a 13-year-old girl.

We believe this is critical and will continue to the fight for gender justice around menstrual health, we cannot do it without your thoughtful investment consider invest as small as $50 monthly to enable girls and women to have access to affordable sanitary pads 

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Pads Distribution during COVID-19 lockdown
Pads Distribution during COVID-19 lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the education of children both girls and boys from poor backgrounds and is escalating the risk of girls to forced marriages. We need to protect an entire generation of children from losing out on a healthy and stable future.

While COVID-19 numbers are increasing every day in Uganda we keep reminding the communities about the dangers of child marriages and the need to address the root causes such as the lack of access to sanitary pads.

The strength of a woman lays in discovering who she is! Exploring her womanhood is part of that journey. Menstrual health education and access to sanitary products are part of that journey. We are facilitating that process by producing and distributing affordable sanitary pads to young girls including information about their reproductive health rights. During the COVID-19 we distributed 2,850 pads to girls who luck access.

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"Sanitary pads are essential to us all the girls during this COVID-19 pandemic where our parents are not working due to the effects of corona Virus many of my fellow girls have no hope of going back to school because some of them are already pregnant or are forced to marriages by the very people who are supposed to protect them since they cannot afford essential needs such as access to sanitary pads," says Lucy.

We believe this is critical and will continue to the fight for gender justice around menstrual health

Moving forward, we need your help to prevent and support adolescences' girls to continue with their education. please consider your gift of donation ensuring the fight, equality and dignity continue your generous donation can help us multiply our impact.

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Distribution preparation for lockdown
Distribution preparation for lockdown

Most girls in Northern Uganda rely on free sanitary pads distributed at their school but with the schools shut and community lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, many have no access to sanitary pads.

“We used to get sanitary pads from my school in Acet Omoro District. Now that schools are closed, I'm in my village with no access to sanitary pads I have to use pieces of paper (used newspaper), which is very uncomfortable,” says Milam 17-year-old. “I feel sad and embarrassed I am afraid to sit down for the possibility of soiling my clothes.”

The measures imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda have resulted in economic stress in families that are putting girls and women at a disadvantage. Many have been cut off from essential sexual and reproductive health services, economic activities, and social networks. 

When the government announced lockdowns my family used their savings to stock on food and supplies, but sanitary pads were not considered. Those are normally considered a luxury. I am always glad to go to school as we can get the lucky girl pads from school,” Milam explains.

To respond to girls in this crisis, we are working with the District Task Force formed by the Ugandan government to distribute 4,350 sanitary towels to adolescent girls in Northern Uganda. 

"There are millions of girls affected by the COVID-19 pandemic having been used to accessing sanitary towels in schools," Monica says.

Moving forward, we need your help to prevent and support adolescent girls to continue with their education. please consider your gift to our efforts, ensuring the fights for equality, dignity, and justice continues. You can help us to multiply this impact with your generous donation.

Thank you

 

Distribution preparation for lockdown
Distribution preparation for lockdown

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Lucky Girl beneficially
Lucky Girl beneficially

Innocent at 12 years age in primary 7, she got pregnant because a man promised to buy her sanitary pads and books so that she stays in school in exchange for having sex with her, She lucked information about reproductive health and options like many other girls in Uganda. All her dreams to become a Nurse were shattered because her education prematurely ended after sitting her primary 7 exams. 

Innocent's Uncle after learning about her pregnancy jubilated because it was a chance for him to get bride price, Immediately she was told to go and start her family.

"My mother told me to go after delivery I will go back to school and I accepted," I was told that my family's decision that I should get married so that the wealth will be used to marry for my bother as it is the practice in our culture" Innocent emphasizes I still believe I WILL GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND REALISE DREAM OF BECOMING A NURSE

Child marriage in Nwoya Northern Uganda stands at 68%. According to the Annual Crime Report (2017). We are convinced that the pursuit of gender justice starts with protecting young girls from being forced or sold into a marriage. Child marriage is a violation of human rights. Access to sanitary pads to young girls is one way to prevent and support your girls to continue with their education.

This year alone we manufactured and distributed 1.5+ million sanitary pads to girls in schools and in the refugee community. We continue to see vast improvements in health and hygiene, self-esteem, and school attendance. We are creating employment opportunities within our small social enterprise and building a future with dignity for our girls!

Moving forward, we need your help to prevent and support your girls to continue with their education. Please consider a year-end gift to our effort, ensuring the fight for equality, dignity, justice continues. Help us multiply this impact with your generous donation

Thank you

Schools sanitary pads distribution
Schools sanitary pads distribution

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Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Bukenya Muusa
Gulu, Uganda
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