Educate a girl, empower a nation.
Menstrual Health Management (MHM) has been cited as a key development issue in the Global South. UNESCO, the World Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have found that successful Menstrual Health Management can lead to improved gender equity, education and population health. Kenya is lacking a comprehensive MHM program, and research has found that 1 in 10 Kenyan girls miss school while they are on their period. Some estimates claim that 65% of Kenyan women cannot afford even the most basic feminine hygiene products. In rural regions, 2 out of 3 adolescent girls purchase sanitary products via transactional sex. These studies have linked the onset of menarche with an increased likelihood of school dropout among girls living in rural communities. Poverty and lack of access to sanitary products forces young women to use unhygienic materials, which is a public health concern.
“Ruby in the Rift”seeks to address these issues comprehensively, by initiating a series of educational workshops where young girls will be given menstrual cups, knowledge, and a support structure to help ensure that they have the best chance for living an empowered life.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "in a gentle way, you can shake the world”. I believe in the life changing power of these menstrual cups, both for women in America and for women abroad. In my opinion, this partnership between Cross World Africa and Ruby Life Ltd. is not about handing out cups and seeing what happens. It’s about educating girls and women about their cycles. It’s about empowering them with the knowledge to make healthy decisions for their bodies. Girls face enough barriers to education in Africa, and being female should not be one of them.