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

  • jlanghus
    Mar 06
    Mar 06

    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