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Updated: Mar 10


Young girls in Uganda face real challenges when it comes to managing their periods in a healthy way. Facilities often lack proper sanitation, putting them at risk of infection and discouraging girls from attending school during their monthly cycle. When a girl's self-esteem and self-confidence suffer, she may drop out of school altogether.


These negative effects add up, preventing a young girl from achieving her full potential and living a healthy, productive life many risk are forced to marry before 18 years. We are addressing this challenge. Help us to prevent and support your girls to continue with their education.


Please consider your gift to our effort, ensuring the fight for equality, dignity, justice continues. Help us multiply this impact with your generous donation at https://www.globalgiving.org/39549 #girlspower #womenempowerment #girlsnotbrides #sanitarypads #luckygirl #equality #educationforall #endchildmarriage #Uganda.


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On Sunday 8th march we will join the world to make every voice heard under a common theme “An equal world is an enabled world' International Women’s day 2020 is here. Volunteer Action Network together with women in Uganda who actively believe and practice equal access to opportunities to make a difference in the world


We constantly demand and strive towards a society where all women and girls, men and boys are equal, in all areas of life, to make the equal and able world for all.


"There is no limit to what we, as a women, can accomplish". Said Michele Obama


Our work targets women and girls, promotes economic justice, education, health and leadership development opportunities for women, girls, families, and communities severely affected by poverty and injustice in Uganda. By empowering women and girls through economic, education, health programs we position women and girls in Uganda to attain their equal rights.


Make a donation to enable us continue raise our voices to demonstrate the strength and power women and young girls and those whose rights are denied based on their orientation or gender. Follow the link to donate https://www.globalgiving.org/39548

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“It's not just about having pads,” Bukenya Muusa Founder and Program Director Volunteer Action Network, we must address knowledge gaps, taboos, and challenge complex social norms, also we should provide girl-friendly facilities to enable girl's privacy especially in schools?”

Nearly a quarter of Ugandan girls between the ages of 12 and 18 drop out of school when they begin menstruation, If nothing is done to end period poverty in Uganda, the country will struggle to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, Addressing the lack of access to menstrual health education and sanitary products plays a crucial role in achieving several of the 17 SDGs, from good health and quality education to gender equality and access to water and sanitation for all.


Stigma attached to menstruation or the inability to afford period products stops girls from going to school, putting them more at risk of entering child marriages, experiencing an early pregnancy, malnourishment, domestic violence, and pregnancy complications.

When girls in Uganda are on their periods, absenteeism is at 28% compared to 7% during non-period days, according to a Meniscus report by the BioMedical Centre.


To address this challenge Volunteer Action Network and Women's Global Empowerment Fund has invested in research and production of a locally made disposable sanitary pads (Lucky Girl pads product) which is of good quality, highly subsidized and are distributed for free to rural schools in Uganda.

Young girls in the production unit - Gulu

A pack of Lucky Girl Pads contains 8pads

Through the Healthy Periods Initiative we drive economic and socio-cultural change through enterprise and education. From a grassroots level, we inform, educate and provide resources to assist in the development of successful social enterprises that provide safe and sanitary resources for all women and girls in their communities.have set 2 production unities in Uganda. The initiative has distributed 1.8million pads and have reached 33,000 girls in Uganda and goal to support 100,000 girls by the end of 2020.


Our Valuable partnership has helped supported young girls in Amuru Northern Uganda with free sanitary pads and this valuable contribution has seen girls completing their primary schools for the first time. when girls stay in schools they are less likely to get pregnant or married before the age of 18 years, and studies have shown that one extra year of education for a girls raises family wages by 10-20%.

Acet Primary School girls rejoice with Lucky Girl Pads

Join the revolution to end period poverty in Uganda, You support our efforts at www.wgefund.org and you can learn more about our work in Uganda at www.vacnetwork.org


Contact US:

Office:+256392914218

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Email: info@vacnetwork.org

www.vacnetwork.org

Find US:

Plot 22, Pece School Road, P.O.Box 1341 Gulu, Uganda.

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