MEN AND BOYS ARE GREAT PARTNERS IN MAKING PERIODS NORMAL FOR GIRLS.

Harris Namutebi
Posted October 3, 2018 from Uganda

1st  October 2018 was yet a great opportunity for us to interact with the communities that we serve. Like I shared some time back, we are working to Break the silence, make period normal for girls” in Uganda.

Our visit to the schools was a clear testimony that boys were now more aware that periods are normal for girls, and they are more supportive than before. What next? wow, this was a great moment, parents acknowledge that discussing issues to do with sexuality and menstruation is helpful if we are to keep girls in school.

Male parents on board was an extraordinary initiative as they were in position to understand that this is not only an issue to do with girls and women but fathers too since they control the financial resources needed to procure sanitary materials. Our next move is to organize more meetings targeting men as partners in breaking the silence and making period normal for girls.

As we all know there is a low turn up of men in community meetings and yet we need to have these men on board. In case you have ideas that can help us mobilize men, please share.

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Jill Langhus
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 03, 2018

Hi Harris,

How are you? Wow! This is a great update. Good job!

Could you have the same meetings at their workplaces, during their lunches?

Hope you have a great day!

Harris Namutebi
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 03, 2018

Thanks Jill,
This is a great idea we could explore and see.

Jill Langhus
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 03, 2018

You're welcome:-) Oh, good!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 16
Mar 16

Hi Harris,

So true, it is so important that men be involved, become able to discuss menstruation as a natural part of life, and take responsibility to both speak up and make sure that money is available. Your question make me think of Urmila's success in gathering support of young men, following her on motorcycles holding pads in the air!

DrSpirit
Sep 24
Sep 24

Hello Harris,

You are doing such a great job to get the men involved in supporting women. I feel that if you want more men at meetings then you may want to find a way to men how they will benefit from the project. I believe that if you provide a way for men to work and gain resources. Food is one resource.

You may want to consider communities gardens. A study found that when man were able to work and provide for the people then their self-worth increased.

Community gardens help with better health and well being. Here are some links to look at.

https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas/enviroatlas-eco-health-relationship-browser

https://www.seewhatgrows.org/start-community-garden-neighborhood/

https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/articles/starting-community-garden-how-p...

There is always such great information online.

Abundant Blessings, Dr Liz

Harris Namutebi
Sep 24
Sep 24

Dr Liz,
Thank you so much for this insight, I will do some reading and at the same time look at strategies to integrate community gardening.