Around the world, at least 500 million people don’t have access to safe and affordable period products.
The average young woman can spend more than $6,000 on period products in a lifetime, $11 every month.
But if we calculate these expenses from the moment a young woman starts to spend money on period materials, we realize that menstruating is a lifetime investment.
A lifetime investment which 500million people in the world, 65% of women and girls in Kenya cannot afford these essential products.
These young women and girls come from less fortunate backgrounds where they have to first, prioritize having food on their table and a roof over their heads thus jeopardize their personal hygiene.
Not so fun fact; Did you know that every woman who doesn’t use the recommended menstrual products is at a high risk of being exposed to infections or worse?
Just so you know; Menstruating is not something that happens to you once a month or even something you can turn on and off like tap water.
Additionally, menstruation doesn’t care if you’re homeless, it doesn’t care if you’re poor, it doesn’t care if you don’t have access to a shower.
It just happens, and I think it’s crazy that as a society we don’t step in more often to make sure that that’s a basic right that every woman should have access to because period poverty is something that everyone needs to care about.
It is a blessing to all the women can afford to buy sanitary towels every month but a curse to those who cannot afford to access even a packet.
Most of them are forced to stay indoors because they can’t go outside to play, enjoy their childhood and adulthood with their friends in such embarrassing conditions.
Most young women from Kibera slums depend on their schools’ management and well-wishers to provide these materials but now that schools are shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they don’t know how they will survive without sanitary towels.
Join hands, let’s help
An organisation comprising of a few young women who reside in Kibera termed Young Health Program came up with the idea of matching door-to-door in a bid to collect as many sanitary towels as they can and donate to those young women who cannot afford to buy.
They are also spreading the word through social media, calling upon well-wishers to join hands with them and help restore dignity and confidence among women living in slum areas because the number is huge and they cannot do it alone.
As much as we are all focused on helping our communities with food and basic supplies, let’s take time to ensure that young women have access to sanitary towels during this tough time.
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