Empowering girls to stay in school requires the support of community leaders, teachers, mothers, fathers, and classmates. In our work in rural villages in Kenya, we start by identifying community needs and strengths, then work with them to develop the next steps to help their girls stay in school.
High cost and restricted distribution limit access to sanitary pads for many rural girls , creating a barrier to their ability to stay in school. We work with communities to remove this barrier to girls' educations by providing girls with sustainable, reusable pads that will last three to five years. We also talk to girls about menstruation and its relationship to pregnancy, reviewing inaccurate and harmful misinformation. We feel strongly that the first step in increasing girls' health and opportunities is to dismantle stigmas surrounding menstruation and provide accurate information about their reproductive health. Meet some of the girls who are benefiting from our work below.
The creation of a school environment that is friendly for girls is important to their success in school. Low cost projects such as the creation of small private spaces for girls to wash and change are significant in providing them safe, healthy spaces to manage their menstruation. Working with parents and teachers to build this infrastructure catalyzes important community conversations around menstruation that can positively shift social stigmas. Below is a map of the region and communities in which we work.
Better educational outcomes for girls is only achieved through the support of the community. For the Good Period facilitates community-wide discussions around human rights, the relevance of formal education for girls, and specific barriers to girls’ education such as child marriage, pregnancy, and female genital cutting.