Menstrual Health Management

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When woman and girls fail to manage their menstruation adequately and with dignity, it impacts on their human rights, including on the right to education, the right to work, the right to health and on gender equality and dignity more broadly. – menstrualhygieneday.org

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  1. Many girls don’t have access to pads or tampons.
  2. Sometimes families can’t afford menstrual products.
  3. Some families consider that when a girl starts menstruating, she’s ready to be married and/or start childbearing.
  4. Many girls resort to hiding their periods from their family for fear of being made to leave school and/or get married.

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Ingrained shame and stigma about periods push many girls to leave school when they start menstruating.

Many schools lack adequate facilities such as private bathrooms and emergency menstrual products for girls on their period, forcing many to skip school or drop out completely when they menstruate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs style=”flat” color=”chino” spacing=”5″ alignment=”center” active_section=”1″ no_fill_content_area=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”Menstrual Health Trainings” tab_id=”1629975996794-20d0ee78-b2aa”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1629979477236{background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column_text]To combat these issues, WORI leads menstrual health awareness sessions in order to fill gaps in knowledge, break taboos and share with girls and women important information on their health and rights.

Over multiple sessions, our trainers cover:

  • what menstruation is
  • the menstrual cycle
  • common myths and misconceptions
  • how to reduce symptoms (eg. cramps)
  • menstrual products
  • dealing with your period hygienically

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We believe that it isn’t enough to just share information. Women and girls deserve practical, accessible and realistic resources to help them manage menstruation. This is why, starting with our pilot in 2017, we also run hand-sewing training to teach people how to make their own reusable sanitary pads. This means they don’t have to rely on expensive single-use products, that often are inaccessible due to price or location, and they have skills to safely manage their periods for the rest of their life. [popup_anything id=”13929″]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We run sessions in schools (upper primary and lower secondary) and in communities, ensuring as many people as possible are properly informed about menstruation and about how to ensure periods never prevent girls and women from doing what they want. We keep sessions as stigma-free, open, honest, factual and interactive as possible, so that people are equipped with unbiased knowledge and can ask questions and challenge misconceptions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”14273″ img_size=”400×300″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”15078″ img_size=”400×300″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”14277″ img_size=”400×300″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center”][vc_column_text]We believe that it isn’t enough to just share information. Women and girls deserve practical, accessible and realistic resources to help them manage menstruation. This is why, starting with our pilot in 2017, we also run hand-sewing training to teach people how to make their own reusable sanitary pads. This means they don’t have to rely on expensive single-use products, that often are inaccessible due to price or location, and they have skills to safely manage their periods for the rest of their life.

Through our social enterprise, Star Durable Pads, we also professionally manufacture reusable pads for sale in many outlets in Jinja, providing an alternative to costly single-use pads and generating profits to fund more awareness trainings on safe, healthy, happy menstruation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]