Good Neighbors Global Campaign #001
Menstruation hygiene as a human right in Africa
My name is Barbara, and I am 14 years old.
I was born in Uganda, East Africa.
The story that I share today is also a story shared
by half of the world’s population.
Sanitary pad and girl’s rightsstory in Africa
On the first day of my first menstrual period,
my friend had to tie her sweater around my waist
to conceal the blood stains on my skirt.
I had to leave school early on that day.
One out of ten African girls cannot attend school during her menstrual period.
#A Piece Of Old Cloth,
My first sanitary pad
A piece of old and dirty cloth that my grandma gave me was my first sanitary pad.
Banana leaf, a handful of straw, and a dirty old sponge
Since my first menstrual period, I am still trying to find a better option for sanitary pads.
Unhygienic menstrual practices increase girls' exposure to various infectious diseases.
#No Sanitary Pad No girl's rights
About 60 days in a year, I have to give up attending school.
Available time for African girls is not equal to others.
We only have 10 months in a year.
Many African girls are excluded from the rights that everyone is entitled to.
Sanitary pads are too expensive to buy.
Although we are well aware that it may hurt our bodies,
there are no other options for us.
I did so then, so does she now.
- Barbara’s Grandmother
· Average household income in Kimasa, Uganda is UGX 30,000 (USD 10)
· A pack of sanitary pads (7ea) is UGX 3,000 (USD 1) : One-tenth of household income
The story of Barbara is about human rights being
disregarded ever since Barbara’s grandmother’s generation,
or even generations before.
Still a lot of African girls have to give up
their right due to limited access to
hygiene products and proper sanitation.
Give sanitary gifts to African girls so they can keep their precious rights.
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Good Neighbors is striving to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cooperation with United Nations.
This campaign contributes to achieve SDG 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 and 16.