My Period Is Awesome – Menstruation Stations
Around the world, girls and women face various barriers linked to their menstrual cycle and their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The challenges are great for low- and middle-income countries, and for people living in vulnerable conditions. Several studies indicate that many students miss school during their menstrual cycle, which leads to negative psychosocial effects. Stigma and myths about menstruation often portray girls as inferior to boys and rationalizes different types of exclusion and oppression, making it important to address social aspects and norms. In Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan, sex education in schools is either substandard or completely absent, leading to poor knowledge of how the body works. SRHR is crucial to being able to make informed decisions over one’s life and one’s body.
In this project, Wise Economy Global Association seeks to improve the knowledge and awareness of SRHR, which will help reduce the taboo, shame, and stigma surrounding menstruation.
The project is supported with SEK 2 350 000.
What does the project deliver?
Establishment of Menstrual Stations. The stations will offer sanitary facilities and a private area to change menstrual protection whilst providing opportunities for important topics related to SRHR to be openly discussed. Education on menstruation, gender norms, and more broadly about SRHR will be implemented to reduce shame and social exclusion for all people who menstruate. In addition to these activities, a digital campaign will also be launched.
Why do we support this project?
Direct knowledge-raising efforts and access to SRHR will reduce gender gaps and contribute to increased gender equality, better sexual health, and positive social development.
Project time status
This project started in October 2021 and ends in October 2023
For more information: https://www.myperiodisawesome.com/