Girls in control

Kristine Yakhama
Posted March 5, 2018 from Kenya

We believe that girls' educational performance can be directly improved through better menstrual hygiene management in schools.Girls in control is a comprehensive package, concentrating on provision of appropriate, girl -friendly water,sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools,timely information about MHM and improved access to sanitary materials.

On any given day, more than 800 million women world wide are menstruating.But despite menstruation's central role in womanhood, deep rooted taboos, lack of education and poor hygiene facilities in developing countries mean many women suffer shame, embarrassment and social exclusion around their monthly period.This issues have long-term impacts on women's health, education, livelihoods and safety.

Taboos around menstruation exclude women from work and study, while a lack of education and poor hygiene facilities often put them at risk of disease, harassment and even attack.

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Tamarack Verrall
Mar 05
Mar 05

Hi Kristine,

Your work is so important, and your point so very true, menstruation is such a basic and important part of our lives, yet there is such enforced silence around it. Women like you addressing this are changing the lives of women and girls profoundly. I love the title Girls in Control, and what you are doing. To see the photo with young ones standing strong with their hands on their hips is deeply moving.

Best wishes with all you are doing,

Tam

Kristine Yakhama
Mar 05
Mar 05

Thanks for your comment

Hi Kristine. Thanks for sharing your story. It's true that girls educational performance is directly related to good menstrual management in schools, and most likely at home, too. Do you have a website and or social page(s) for us to follow and learn more about "Girls in Control?" Please be sure to click on the "reply to this" arrow so that commentators will know that you have responded to them by receiving an automated email in their inboxes. Thanks:-)

Hadebe16
Mar 06
Mar 06

Well done not enough can be done or said about the menstruation issue loss of school days lack of education leads to further compromise of their health long term
A brilliant support project

Evelyn Fonkem
Mar 07
Mar 07

Hi Kristine,it's a great piece.I also believe that for us to keep girls in schools, school administrators should construct gender sensitive toilets in schools to allow girls be able to use these toilers freely during menstruation.

Clodine Mbuli Shei
Mar 07
Mar 07

Dear kristine,

Thank you for sharing this. Girls must be in control especially on what concerns them. Yet we need to mobilize support from school authorities, parents and the girls themselves to keep them in control.
Courage Sister

Lily Habesha
Mar 08
Mar 08

Dear Kristine,
You know, in my country, some churches don't allow to enter the chapel women or girls when the have their periods. They are cursed on the days when they're maturating. Later, the priest should sprinkle holy water and they'll become saints.
Every month, for 5-7 days...we are a curse.
When the woman gives birth, She'll be cursed for 40 days, if she deliver a boy child, 80 days...if she gives birth for girl child. She'll be pure ...after the process of...sprinkling holy water.

If you dress white skirt, or yellow,,,
"You've no periods today"...boys will tease you...
Girls in Africa....
Taboo, religious...., boys,...men...
We can't finish telling our stories.

Thank you.
Lily

Wendy Stebbins
Mar 08
Mar 08

Yay, Kristine. You are amazing.

Kudos, Kristine, for this project. It is true that girls need assistance on what is going on during menstruation and how they manage a good hygeine every month. This is a great initiative. Thank you for sharing!

Kristine Yakhama
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thanks all

Hi Kristine
Thank you for posting your story. It's true that the issue of menstruation is very critical for the girl child and yet it's given little or no attention in some areas of the world. Thank you for the great work you are doing and we need to raise up our voices in support of the efforts that are coming up to protect the girl child and issues of menstruation.
Keep up the good work and stay blessed.

Kristine Yakhama
Mar 09
Mar 09

Amen thanks

KARHIMANYA
Sep 12
Sep 12

comment faire en ce cas là menant

Kristine Yakhama
Sep 26
Sep 26

Thanks for your responses

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