WHERE THE RED DROP FALLS

Namadi
Posted November 20, 2019 from Kenya
SUPPORTING THE RED DROP THROUGH COMMUNITY SUPPORT
WOMEN FOR WOMEN SUPPORT THE RED DROP

There is nothing as embarrassing for a woman or girl like soiling your dress when the red drop comes, more so when ridiculed by the people around her. It's so intense and traumatizing such that we have had girls take ultimate actions to end the embarrassment and distress. In Kenya, in September this year JacKline Chepgno a 14yr old primary school girl, committed suicide by hanging herself with a cloth after being shamed and ridiculed her FEMALE teacher for soiling herself with the RED DROP( https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/bomet/Bomet-girl-kills-self-teacher-hu...)

The RED DROP is natural and as the girl grows older, it would affect their lives if they dont get it in many ways. But the community continues everyday to ridicule the very thing that makes a woman and brings life. It's made to look like God was wrong to create women as they are and it's a gross mistake to be a woman and have the RED DROP. My heart bleeds greatly for Jackline and many other girls like her who have to go though this daily. In fact the act of shaming girls on the RED DROP should be prioritized as a violence against women during the 16 days of activism. Too many girls are dying over something that should be celebrated and appreciated

Sanitary towels are being given to schools, but they are not enough, and even where they are enough there is no sensitization to the girls and the school community on the importance of the red drop, what to do during the RED DROP and how the community can offer support to the girls who may need it during the red drop.

As a community developer and a child rights advocate and defender, I have taken it upon myself to gather girls together in my community and have discussions around the RED DROP and to sensitize the community on what kind of support they can offer the girls. This October the ladies in my church of which I am the Chair, brought together 96 girls for a full day mentorship program. In the process we presented the girls with sanitary towels, re-usable sanitary towels and PANTIES to hold the pads

 

 

This story was submitted in response to #IStandWithHer.

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Lisbeth
Nov 21
Nov 21

Dear Namadi,
How are you and your project doing? Congratulations on your workshop for the girls. It's a wow program I forsaw ha.

96 young girls. Did they also got sanitary pads? You brought smiles on their faces I can understand.
Thanks for sharing.
Regards

Namadi
Nov 22
Nov 22

Lisbeth,
Thank you for the comments. Yes we gave them sanitary towels and panties

Lisbeth
Nov 22
Nov 22

Wow! You made their day :-)

Hello, Namadi,

Thank you for speaking up about the RED DROP! You are correct with your observation that the Red Drop is still a hush-hush topic to be shared in public.

Kudos to you for mentoring almost a 100 girls. You did a great job, dear. Keep it up!

otahelp
Nov 21
Nov 21

Very good work my dear Namadi. In my engagements with young girls and women I use this beautiful slogan that #MensturationIsNotATaboo #MensturationIsInitiationIntoWomanhood #StopStigmatisingWomenAndGirls
Thank you for sharing such great works you are doing

Jill Langhus
Nov 22
Nov 22

Hi Namadi,

Thanks for sharing your important point that girls and women being shamed for having their period is also another form of GBV. I'm impressed to hear about your recent empowerment activity. Please keep up the great work, and please keep updating us on your activities.

Hope you're doing well and having a great Friday.

Anita Shrestha
Nov 22
Nov 22

Thank you for sharing

lizzymark
Nov 23
Nov 23

Job Weldon Namadi,in fact some don't even notice or care less about that. Its good you are sensitizing the community and church about this. Keep on the work.

Jacqueline Namutaawe

Hello Namadi thans for your story about the red drop. It is so funny that in this era we are being victimised over a biological and natural process. We need to stand with the girls in our communities to end such stigma and shame surrounding the red drop.

Ekitah
Nov 27
Nov 27

Hello Namadi!
Hope you are doing great. Good job you are doing out there. More grease! Stay strong for the harvest is much. You are blessed.