Nearly a quarter of Ugandan girls between the ages of 12 and 18 drop out of school when they begin menstruation.
Stigma attached to menstruation or the inability to afford period products stops girls from going to school, putting them more at risk of entering child marriages, experiencing an early pregnancy, malnourishment, domestic violence, and pregnancy complications.
When girls in Uganda are on their periods absenteeism is at 28% compared to 7% during non-period days.
Distribution of reusable sanitary pad kits and menstrual education are the key goals of Girls Arise Uganda.
As unimaginable as it seems, most girls in Uganda have no sanitary napkins. There is also a huge stigma around girls going to school during their monthly cycle. Many girls stop going to school for fear of embarrassment and teasing when they are menstruating. Reusable sanitary napkins are a game changer granting these young girls freedom and the independence to stay in school. THIS CHANGES THE TRAJECTORY of these girl's lives and futures! It creates HOPE and POSSIBILITY where there may be none.
Please help GIRLS ARISE UGANDA to continue their ambitious work and give these girls in need their Freedom Ticket and HOPE to live without the impediment of stopping their lives when they have their period.
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
Tackling period poverty by providing access to reusable sanitary products alongside education about their use as well as education about the female body.
Ending period poverty, improving school attendance by adolescent girls and removing the stigma surrounding menstruation through education.