The Healthy Periods Initiative
Your support is enabling 15 young mothers to make sanitary pads which they supply to school going girls to help them save the embarrassment and stay at school during their menstrual periods. For the first time 300 young girls from Acet Primary school and Lapiny Loyo Primary School stayed at school through the entire term.Giving them the opportunity to concentrate and continue with their education with your support. Conducting Community dialogues involving men, parents, and young boys is changing the biases around sanitary pads discussion in Uganda, Together we are helping to push forward the gender inequalities in the educations sector by breaking the silence about sanitary pads, enabling young girls to stay at school with dignity. Girl's access to sanitary Pads is a woman's right not a favor. Client Quote: "I will perform better this term because I attended all the lessons, I'm very happy and confident".
Lucia.......Primary school girl
1 out of 10 african school girls skips school or drop out of school entirely due to a lack of menstrual products and poor sanitation. This critical unavailability of sanitary products in Uganda is a major barrier to education for girls of school going age. This is where your donation is helping to change this reality.
Volunteer Action Network is committed to addressing the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges women and girls face with regards to access, hygiene and stigma – improving health, creating livelihoods.