Generation Youth Uganda launched a campaign to educate and donate sanitary reusable towels (pads) to village girls and women who are in and out of schools. We believe every girl in Uganda deserves access to safe and hygienic sanitary products. The sanitary pads which will be made are reusable, sustainable, and easy to make.
Hundreds of girls in rural Uganda are dis-empowered by the simple biological process of menstruation. Affordable and hygienic sanitary protection is not available to girls in many rural areas. They resort to the use of unhygienic rags and cloths which puts them at the risk of infections. Many poor girls either skip school when they have their periods or simply drop out completely.
A girl absent from school due to menstruation for four days of every 28 day cycle loses 13 learning days, the equivalent to two weeks of learning, every school term. A survey of menstruating girls in Uganda found that “the biggest numbers of school dropouts are girls because of inconveniences during their menstrual periods.”
Educated girls are more likely to become empowered women; they are more likely to take control of their lives, have economic security, and raise fewer and healthier children who will in turn be more likely to be educated themselves.
Reusable sanitary pads; Reusable sanitary pads are a sustainable resource, allowing the girls to wash and reuse them rather than having to buy disposable pads every month. In addition, they are comparatively inexpensive and environmentally friendly. The social benefit of the implementation of this concept can greatly mitigate the disadvantages and challenges many disempowered girls endure during their process of maturing.