Saturday is Menstrual Hygiene Day, a global movement to end period poverty by 2030.
Period poverty is defined as lack of access to menstrual products, hygiene facilities, waste management and education.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS? In Kenya, 65 percent of Kenyan menstruators lack access to pads to safely and hygienically manage periods each month. Research shows that one million Kenyan girls miss school days because they don’t have the means to manage periods. And it has been widely reported that Kenyan girls are commonly relying on men to supply them with products, with one in ten girls in western Kenya reported having transactional sex to acquire these basic necessities.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Ending period poverty is a crucial aspect of solving gender inequality. And we can do this.
This year Kenya Works is providing 27,500 girls with our Makini Pad kits, each one brings at least a year’s worth of period protection. But it’s not just the pad kits that boost girls’ confidence. It’s also the education on periods, HIV and empowerment to help them avoid risks to health and futures. And, boys are included as well. We now deliver Boxers for Boys alongside Makini Pads to include boys in the conversation—normalizing periods and working together to ensure periods are no longer a barrier for a girl’s opportunity. To date, we have supported over 1.5 million periods!
We need your help! It only takes $8 to take periods out of her way by providing a girl with a Makini Pad kit and all that comes with it. There is no better time than #MHDay to Make it Monthly by pledging your monthly support!
Another way you can help end period poverty is by advocating for this basic human right. Forward this post and share the video with your social networks using the social share at the top of the page!