Puberty is not a problem to be solved: Empowering girls to succeed at school.
Millions of girls around the globe are disempowered by the simple biological process of menstruation. Affordable and hygienic sanitary protection is not available to girls in many areas. They resort to the use of unhygienic rags and cloths which puts them at the risk of infections.
Women’s health and hygiene has been one of the key concerns over the years across the globe. The awareness on menstrual hygiene and usage of sanitary pads is virtually absent in many rural areas. Poor menstrual hygiene can cause fungal infections, repeated infections to RTI, cervical cancer and vulnerable to infertility.
All over the world, girls face unthinkable challenges when they begin menstruation. Girls without access to low cost, convenient and reliable sanitary pads must resort to less effective solutions that often leak such as leaves, unsanitary scraps of cloth, husk ash, crumpled newspaper or dirty rags from the garbage. Sanitary pads are not easily accessible to most women because they are expensive. Women often resort to using rolled up cloth, mostly from used T-shirts or sheets, which is uncomfortable, non-hygienic, and can lead to infections.
The use of non-hygienic, alternative options for sanitary pads for women and girls can lead to health issues such as pelvic infections, urinary tract infections, reproductive tract diseases, increased risk of HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer, and maternal death may result due to poor menstrual hygiene. A biodegradable material can be disposed of in a pit latrine and with any rudimentary sanitation.
Every girl deserves the right to pursue an education. Yet without safe, effective sanitary protection, it’s not possible for girls to leave their homes, let alone go to school while menstruating.
The overriding objective of the project is to ensure that Girls in some various part of the World will not have to miss school simply because they are menstruating. Other objectives are to ensure that:
- To improve school attendance among girls between the ages of 10 and 17 years in primary & Secondary schools;
- To increase access to vulnerable adolescent girls with sanitary towels and comprehensive menstrual hygiene management knowledge and risk awareness of HIV&AIDS among in-school and out of school girls between the ages 10 to 17 years;
- To increase the self-esteem of needy girls between ages 10 to 17 years;
- To improve economic status for some young women between 18-34 years;
- And to document lessons learned and scale-up options documented.
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