For our March Charity of the Month, in keeping with the spirit of Women’s History Month, we have decided to donate to Days for Girls. Imagine that due to a lack of proper resources and supplies you had to miss several days of school, or work, every month for a chronic health condition that is easily managed when one has access to such resources. How many days would you miss? More than 500 million girls around the world experience period poverty and live this reality.
Period Poverty is a term that describes the struggle that many women and girls face because they lack access to adequate menstrual health management supplies and education. The mission of Days for Girls is menstrual equity for girls globally. They work to increase access to menstrual supplies, end stigma through education, elevate menstrual health, and advocate for policy change.
The Days for Girls theory of change emphasizes that by combining innovative menstrual health solutions and education, in collaboration with Social Entrepreneurs and volunteers, we advance locally driven policy and advocacy to create long-lasting change. It is through this commitment for change and menstrual equity that Days for Girls have been able to help over 2 million girls in 144 different countries.
Their main initiative includes the Days for Girls menstrual kits. These menstrual kits include a Days for Girls Pad, care and use guide, a transport bag for used pads, underwear, soap and washcloths, and a drawstring carrying bag. The most notable of these items being the Days for Girls Pad which is washable and reusable, backed by the latest menstrual health research. It is a truly sustainable solution that menstruators can count on month after month, for up to three years. Additionally, during the distribution of these kits, Days for Girls is committed to providing vital menstrual health education. The outcomes of which include women and girls feeling more confident in managing their menstruation and communities adopt a positive attitude about menstruation, ending the shame and stigma around menstruation and puberty.
Period Poverty is an ongoing humanitarian crisis. No woman or girl should live at a detriment due to their menstrual health. For every $15 donated a girl is provided with sustainable feminine hygiene products that will last her approximately 3 years. For more information or to make a donation, you can visit their website here.