Kampala 5th March 2018, Inua Initiative Uganda (IIU) is a Not for Profit organization registered in Uganda is working in partnership with the Antilag Rally Club to support girls in Bukomansimbi. Girls face some of the following challenges in school during menstruation;
- Long distances to school: an hour’s walk as a result pads that don’t stay in place and made worse by pads with absorption capacity
- Rash as a result of prolonged use of uncomfortable sanitary pads and unease from use of sanitary pads with poor absorption
- Lack of privacy in sanitary practice at schools: latrines, if present at all, are cramped, too few, open to view (no doors) and may be either shared with boys. Privacy is even more important as boys outnumber the girls at secondary education with 2:1.
- Allocation of budget to sanitary pads by households who typically spend many times that much each week for the male head to have his drink.
- Lack of support regarding menstruation and girls feel shy and to remain accepted by peers, they hide their menstrual experience and often withdraw from school / public life during that time of the month
- Girls, who do not know about menstruation in advance, inevitably reach out to an adult for assistance when it happens, which effectively announces their puberty to the community, which is for reasons mentioned above, not always desirable.
It is against this background that we request your support towards this initiative that we will continue to run through the year.
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