Thursday, October 11 is International Day of the Girl – a day established by the United Nations General Assembly, dedicated to highlighting the unique needs and challenges girls face, specifically in developing countries. For the most part, women living in Canada can access the services, products, and resources they need with ease – but Compassion Canada knows this isn’t the case for the women in the 25 countries they’re active in.
Compassion Canada shared such an inspirational story entitled “The unexpected way men are combatting period poverty in Uganda”.
Men working at sewing machines may seem like an unconventional picture—even more so when you realize they are sewing reusable feminine hygiene products! But for several men in Mulatsi, Uganda, this is a regular practice that is strengthening their community, generating income and empowering their daughters.
Working towards a solution—together
When the staff at Mulatsi Church of Uganda learned of all the struggles women and girls were going through, they were moved to intervene. Initially, they bought and distributed pads to Compassion beneficiaries. However, this was not sustainable and proved expensive.
Then a group of Compassion church partners, of which Mulatsi Church of Uganda is part, applied for funding for menstrual hygiene interventions through Compassion’s Complementary Inventions. With the funds they received, the churches were able to education their communities on the importance of menstrual hygiene—and teach their communities how to make reusable sanitary pads. One set of seven reusable pads costs $1.50 to make and will last an entire year.
To read the entire post, visit the Compassion Canada Blog Post!