The stigma and taboo of menstruation is a human rights issue. Lack of sustainable menstrual hygiene solutions push menstruating girls out of school leading to school dropout, Child Early Forced Marriage and gender inequality which is an obstacle to SDG 5.We are providing washable menstrual hygiene kits that last 3years and bathing soap that last 6months. We also talk to them about reproductive health education, rape, HIV/AIDS, contraceptive usage and also dispel the myths surrounding the issue.
Our work in rural community, revealed that girls use rags, mattress stuffing, corn husks, newspapers, feathers to manage their menstruation which makes them vulnerable to infections. According to a UNICEF report,Menstruation is the major reason girls miss school.When a girl starts to menstruate, she is termed mature for marriage leading to child early forced marriage and its consequences.Girls are stigmatized and banished to sheds and most times exchange sex for money to buy sanitary pads.
When girls are given washable sanitary pads, they will no longer miss school or leave class with stains on their cloths. When girls stay in school,then we can tackle gender inequality.Also they will not use unhygienic substances that can cause infections or infertility.The health education we offer will improve their knowledge about menstruation and reproductive health issues and help dispel the myths surrounding menstruation.This will help enhance their health,safety,family,future and dignity
The Project will provide 4000 girls with washable sanitary pads that will last 3years and bathing soap to cover 6months. This will help tackle sexual and gender based violence as girls will no longer exchange sex for money to buy sanitary pads.Our solution is also important because it is made from locally sourced fabrics which makes it replicable and sustainable,lasting 3years and also in rural communities where waste disposal is a challenge, this environmentally friendly option stands out.