For many of us, the COVID-19 shelter in place requires taking a break from our usual routines and sitting tight until we can return to normal. But there are some things that carry on regardless of epidemics, and for many women and girls in poor and remote areas, access to essential services and basic hygiene supplies has become almost impossible. Around the world, many women and girls still face challenges when it comes to their monthly periods. Even before the current crisis, it was estimated that up to 5 million each day have difficulty accessing things that many of us take for granted, such as adequate sanitary products, clean water for washing and private places to change. Adding to this the feelings of shame and embarrassment, the high cost of menstrual products, and the fact that in many girls are considered to be old enough for marriage once their periods start, it is no wonder that studies show a correlation between periods and school drop-out rates.
• Here in Uganda, we are working hard to help our women and girls to manage their periods hygienically and with dignity, without fear of shame or stigma. In our rural and remote areas, we are helping by providing access to clean water for washing, private changing areas and waste disposal facilities. We are also working to include provision for sanitary items in our distribution packages of food and essential items.
• We are dedicated towards creating a Ugandan society in which every woman and girl is empowered to manage her menstruation safely, hygienically and with confidence. As part of this, we are aiming to provide 200 young girls and teenage mothers with free sanitary towels and pads, helping them live without shame and enabling them to fully participate in their lives. Because with the immense struggles already imposed on them by the pandemic, they shouldn’t have to worry about their periods too.
Our Target is to raise USD 2,000 and the funds will be used to purchase sanitary kits for women from rural areas of Uganda. Our initial aim is providing over 150 sanitary kits for the first Round, but the more money we raise, the more kits we can provide to the girls and teenage girls.