Empower Her project
A Peacemaking Project by Olabode E.
What is the injustice we are solving?
The injustice i would want to change is the injustice with young girl that do not have access to reusable pads so some of them miss school during their period. Education is a vital tool for empowering individuals and more so girls. Studies have shown that an educated woman is able to get gainful employment, to take her children for immunization, to practice family planning (delayed child bearing and fewer children), spends over 40% of her income on her family’s welfare as compared to the male counterpart who spends far less on his family. Cultural and traditional barriers still play a prominent role in hindering the access of several girls to education. Women are considered secondary citizens as compared to males in conservative and patriarchal societies. Boys are given higher preference when it comes to education. Very little attention has been paid to critical infrastructure like latrines, water facilities that are vital for the retention of girls in school, especially those that have reached puberty. Due to the lack of water and sanitation facilities in schools, studies show that a girl will miss an average of 45 days per year due to her menstrual cycle. Absenteeism leads to poor academic performance, which eventually leads to the drop rate of a sizeable number of girls from schools. Interventions aimed at providing free and accessible reusable sanitary pads will go a long way in reversing the negative trend of girls’ education, especially in the rural areas
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Lack of access to reusable pad for young girls which causes absenteeism in school leading to bad performance and high rate of drop out.
we will address The problems of access to reusable pad and lack of knowledge of menstrual hygiene
by Supplying girls with reusable pads and also teach them how to make reusable pads and on menstrual hygiene.
Our Project Plan:
- Every girl should be able to make her reusable pad by herself Reduction in absenteeism in school during their period
We will increase my / our compassion by...
Meeting with stakeholders in the community to understand their perspective of the problem, then develop the menstrual hygiene management curriculum and identify the girls that are really affected.
How will you show courage?
Meeting with lawmakers to advocate for reduction in the tax paid by companies that make pad and that pad should be made free for high school students.
How will you collaborate with others?
I will partner with Other organization like Igboya Project, SDGACTS and local seamstress in the community
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
All girls can make their own reusable pads and there is reduction in absenteeism in school and school girls have better academic performance.
- Get necessary Approvals
- Meet with community leaders
- Meet with community seamstress association
- Recruit Volunteers
- Develop training manual
- Train Volunteers
- Get materials for making pad
- Implement project
- Monitoring and evaluation