Period poverty affects women and girls all over the world.
Access to sanitary products, and the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma is essential for anyone who menstruates. But for many, this is not a reality. This is not just a potential health risk - it can also mean women and girls’ education, well-being, and sometimes entire lives are affected. The inability to effectively manage menstruation contributes to absences of up to 4-5 school days each month, equating to as much as 20% of the academic year lost, simply due to menstruation. Eventually, many of these girls drop out of school entirely, increasing their likelihood of teen pregnancy health complications and early marriage, and further limiting their future career and economic opportunities.
PMDD & Me CIC, in collaboration with St Margaret's Life Hope Foundation, are working with a village in Lamu County, Kenya to turn this around.
With your support we will:
- Provide sustainable, reusable sanitary wear for all girls and women in the community alongside a programme of education relating to menstrual hygiene, natural family planning, and menstrual disorders
- Deliver education for all members of the community to break the stigma surrounding menstruation. This includes all women, girls, men, elders, chief and teachers