Periods in Ghana are commonly associated with lacking education, social stigmas and expensive pads. These structural factors frequently force girls to stay at home during their period, resulting in educational gaps and disadvantages compared to boys. We think this is unacceptable and unnecessary! How can we address this challenge? Through education 📚, accessibility 🤝, and sustainability! ♻️
Firstly, together with our partner Days For Girls, we educate children around menstruation and the importance of proper menstrual hygiene.📚 For example, recently we went to Saviour School in Adjen Kotoku, Ghana, to talk to around 200 girls about the social taboo. Our next project is Suhum Girls Islamic S.H.S. Through education, we encourage an open dialogue around menstruation, reducing social stigmas for boys and girls.
Secondly, we provide free menstruation pads for girls, diminishing the role of financial capabilities. 🤝 Access to pads should not be a question of financial means but a right for every girl! 💪 Providing pads is important so that girls do not have to stay at home during their periods and can have equal access to education. This reduces the effect of gender inequality when it comes to education access.
Thirdly, the pads provided by Days For Girls are washable, reusable and therefore 100% sustainable. ♻️ Supplying reusable pads is crucial so that menstrual hygiene does not represent a continuous, reoccurring cost. Moreover, just like our toilet paper, stainable pads are better for the environment as no waste is generated.
Together with Days For Girls, we aim to eliminate the stigmas around periods by stimulating an open dialogue around the topic. Affordable pads and proper education are key factors to this goal! Are you on board?