About 3-4 years back, I came across a post with a caption that talked about being a World Pulse Ambassador. Someone actually shared it with excitement stating how pleased she is to be recognized as an Ambassador of World Pulse having told her stories. I’d clicked on the link, simply read the inspiring, interesting story and surfed away.
This year in the month of May, I came across a post link from World Pulse that was shared on Facebook with focus on Menstrual Health and immediately I was so drawn to reading the post considering the fact that I was planning a Menstrual Health and Personal Hygiene Sensitization for Girls in High School and wanted to donate free sanitary pads to spice it up. I’d already termed it- “PAD FOR GIRLS PROJECT.”
After reading the post, I stayed on the page reading other stories from women from different parts of the world narrating their first period experience. The stories were all so descriptive, interesting, inspiring, yet others that revealed certain cultural biases and negative practices against girls and women during their periods were quite revealing, unbelievable and saddening. But what stood out were all the encouraging statements and unconditional positive responses from one person to another on their story; they were simply uplifting. So boom, right there, I wanted to write my story about my first period too.
I took a step; created an account, signed up as a member on World Pulse, shared my first period story!.
Afterwards, I felt like sharing this story gave me all the enthusiasm and energy that I needed to create more publicity for the project I wanted to execute. I reached out to more people; sent emails, texts, made calls, made posts on social media all in bid to raise fund in order to donate free sanitary pads that can last school girls for at least three months.
June this year, few weeks away from May, I was able to carry out that project reaching about 160 school girls with free sanitary pads.
Thus, I consider the stories that were shared on World Pulse major catalysts that led to the success of this project.
World Pulse has inspired me as a platform that amplifies the voices of girls and women, represents hope for the next generation as well as foster growth and togetherness for all.