Dr. Stella Nyanzi's #PadsForUganda
Stella is a medical anthropologist, and social activist with a Ph.D. from the University of London based on ethnographic fieldwork of youth sexualities, sexual and reproductive health in The Gambia.
After introducing the Member of Parliament to our red aprons which symbolise our mission of serving poor girls in Uganda with sanitary pads, Hon. Betty Nambooze got an apron and put it on. She gave aprons to public officials in Mukono to wear and distribute materials along with our team. Then she counselled the gathered students about the normalcy of menstruation and the importance of avoiding pre-marital school while still in school. I rarely kneel down sincerely, but for the first time in many years, I knelt down in recognition and with appreciation of a rare but true woman leader! Hon. Betty Nambooze Bakileke oyeeeee!
We distributed re-useable sanitary pads, disposable sanitary pads, a piece of soap, menstrual education books and pens to 1,242 school girls and their female teachers. We also distributed disposable sanitary pads to 8 councillors and 78 out-of-school young mothers who came to the grounds. Many teachers invited us to go to their schools in future to teach about menstrual hygiene, as well as distribute sanitary pads to their students.
We, concerned citizens are showing President Museveni and his wife (who is also the Minister of Education) that all it takes to provide basic needs of sanitary pads to poor school girls in Uganda is the will, a bit of thinking, partnerships and lobbying those who have to give those without. Shame on our heatless national leaders for failing to prioritise gender generational needs for the under privileged in Uganda. Shame to the presidential couple for promising to give free sanitary pads to poor students - when they wanted votes - and then telling our parliamentarians that Uganda lacks money for these pads. Thanks to each person who has contributed money, sanitary pads, labour and advice to #Pads4GirlsUg. Please keep giving so that we can take pads all over Uganda. Kama mbaya, mbaya!
A lack of sanitary pads has catastrophic implications for many girls and women. It often denies them their right to dignity; we continue to read horror stories about how young girls use leaves and unhygienic methods to control the blood flow during menstruation. A vast number of rural girls who come from poor backgrounds and communities use mattress stuffing, newspapers and cloths when menstruating due to the fact that they can not afford disposable sanitary pads from the stores”. It is no secret that many young girls stay away from school during the menstruation period, scared and embarrassed.Children, more specifically the girl child, remain some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and we have a moral responsibility to protect especially them. It is a long time coming, but better late than never. It is also refreshing to hear motions that directly affect the poor, and which seek to improve their lives directly. We can only hope for a favourable outcome.Providing free feminine hygiene products should be part of Janet Museveni work
Thank you for this work. What kind of pads will be donated?
Good project Dr. we shall support you
Is it too late to donate to this? Some friends and I just tried, and can't get through?
Is anyone looking into 'Diva Cups'?
Thanks for the number Stella. Will be contributing later in the afternoon. Let the girls stay in school.
Thank you Dr Stella may God above bless you for this noble cause sending my little contribution shortly on mobile money. Lots of admiration and love...when I grow up I want to be like you.....
This is a good move , I have sent a little I get out of my daily hustles, thanks Stella Nyanzi for this great Initiative. God Bless You
Dr Stella I have loved u more than any because with me am tired people's words now I need people with action tukoye okuwogana okwogera but dot you bring for us airtel number also not everyone using mtn I wanna direct transaction and where I am it's the is easiest
There is also a conflict between clean pad for cheap and clean environment for years to come, no?
I am glad that she continued her good work after such distraught with school administration! http://allafrica.com/stories/201604221288.html
Your the woman of the year we love u Dr StellaNyanzi thanks for everything your doing and we're with u on this go go go God is with us all.
I support Nyanzi...if those concerned feel that she is wrong let them prove through the judiciary...on sanitary pads all those who can support please do to help poor Ugandan daughters who surely miss going to school during that period.
How do I send my contribution?