In Sierra Leone, menstruation is believed to be a female-only issue and is therefore not openly discussed. Religious and traditional beliefs and practices also contribute to the perpetuation of a sense of taboo around the topic.
WYCF believe that every menstruating girl and woman has the right to access information and safe, affordable, culturally appropriate and environment friendly products. Providing daily cleaned gender-segregated bathrooms where the girls can wash and clean themselves and change menstrual hygiene pads is an equally fundamental part of making them feel comfortable at school at all times.
For the socio-economic development of any society, women empowerment in the informal sector is equally essential.
Women empowerment means giving them freedom to willingly identify their skills, knowledge, abilities and make respected decisions in their societies.
Our Building resilient communities through women empowerment program gives a sense of internal strength to women and teenage mothers to enhance meaningful lives and hope restoration.
We help women to access the work market through skill training, vocational courses and referrals to job opportunities through a network of partners in the private sector.
The confident smile on the faces of women is the measurement of their empowerment
– Lack of knowledge and understanding;
– Marginalization and stigma related to leaks, stains and odours.
– Unaffordable absorbent materials;
– Discomfort, itching, irritation and infection due to the use of inappropriate absorbent materials;
– Lack of disposal system;
– Increased absence from school, reduced participation in class and consequent underperformance;
– General withdraw from social settings.
WYCF schools, as well as with other neighbouring schools.
– Sensitize our students, both girls and boys, to the concept of menstruation and all its implications while demystifying taboos around it;
– Introduce the idea of reusable pads and promote their usage;
– Propel the local production of reusable pads.
– 353 schoolgirls educated on the menstrual cycle and sexual and reproductive health; 118 girls and 135 boys.
– 483,000 community women reached with reproductive health and menstruation education in both Western and Rural areas in 2017-2019;
– 20 women equipped on tailoring skills and trained them on producing reusable menstrual pads;
– 3,886 reusable menstrual pads produced in 2017-2019;
– 307 reusable menstrual pads distributed to 1,227 girls and women.
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