SCHOOLGIRL EQUALITY MENSTRUATION PACKS

In 2013 Jenny first explored the making of menstruation packs  in the tailoring department as part of the ethos of Chodort to reach out to the vulnerable and provide work locally. Menstruation  packs are being made to ensure schoolgirls do not miss out on their education during their period. Too many girls cannot afford protection and therefore miss vital schooling.  Because they may only use whatever comes to hand, like old bits of cloth or even leaves the girls are at increased risk of infection.

This information below is from the Zambia National Health Public Institute

Globally women and girls have developed their own personal strategies to cope with menstruation. These vary greatly from country to country, and within countries, dependent on an individual’s personal preferences, available resources, economic status, local traditions and cultural beliefs and knowledge or education. Due to these restrictions women often manage menstruation with methods that could be unhygienic or inconvenient, particularly in poorer settings.

In Zambia, with half the population as female and over 80% within reproductive age, menstrual hygiene management is an area that needs much closer attention, due to its ability to have cross cutting impacts on the social and economic well being of citizens. Girls and women are using unimaginable products to deal with menstruation; for those in rural areas, their options are dirty pieces of cloth or blankets, or mattresses. While those in urban areas purchase baby diapers at 10 cents each and cut them up into small pieces, to last them at least two days. These methods often result in reproductive tract infections which are of public health concern.

Days for Girls sample pack

A set showing all the contents of the pack including the bag to carry the pads to school. 8 one way waterproof lined pads, 2 holders, 1pair pants, 1 washcloth with soap in a zipper bag to hold damp cloth and wash bag to hold used pad to take home for washing.

Education on how to use the packs has to be part of the distribution of the packs and a leaflet is included with each pack. 

Days 4 Girls pads beign demonstrated

Menstruation pads being demonstrated in a small school close to Chodort in 2013 where there was no running water and two dry toilets for up to 100 children. The girls do not attend school when the have their periods.

With thanks to the Rotary Club of Dyce, Aberdeen in 2015 their donation of £250 will help about 120 girls get a subsidised pack giving each girl an extra 36 weeks of education over the three years lifetime of a pack, not to mention the dignity that comes along with that.

Did you know that women can buy reusable, washable pads here in the UK? Over a period of time they are cheaper to use, soft to use as made with organic cottons and so much kinder to the environment in production and no horrible land fill either.

http://www.honouryourflow.co.uk/ is a UK company to purchase your own pack for personal use. (there are others!)