What if you couldn't run or dance during your period?
What if you believed you were cursed and dirty?
What if you couldn't leave home for fear of staining your skirt?
Irise International works to support the education and empowerment of women and girls in East Africa through addressing the negelected issue of menstrual hygiene management.
Worldwide, millions of women and girls have no information before starting menstruation and no sanitary product, clean toilet or clean water to allow them to cope with their periods. In East Africa, 1 in 2 girls missed school every month due to menstruation, contributing to the gender gap. The topic is taboo and shrouded in myths that menstruating girls are dirty and can contaminate others.
Irise International works to address this issue through a) our social enterprise which produces affordable reusable ‘Easy Pads’ in East Africa and b) through providing rights-based, girl-positive menstrual and reproductive health education. Watch the video below to find out more.
The wonderful Bina Shah blogs about our Menstrual Hygiene Day campaign and why the issue is so important for women all over the world.
Irise co-founder Emily Wilson writes for The Independent about why we must dismantle the menstrual taboo.
Irise and BRIDGE have collaborated on a very special Menstrual Hygiene Day newsletter.
Irise trustee, Josie Reynolds, is interviewed by Talk.Period as part of Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations in Bristol.
Check out our new series on Girls' Globe, Periods Change Lives, featuring blogs and poems written by girls and young women in East Africa.
Ugandan student activist Charlotte Akello blogs about why #MenstruationMatters.