“I love Irise because it teaches us what we do not know. They teach us well.”
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 misses 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.
We belive that we can solve this issue.
Irise International is developing an evidence based model for:
a) setting up sustainable supplies of affordable sanitary products in local communities in east africa
b) delivering training on menstrual and reproductive health education in order to institutionalise change
Watch the videos below to find out more.
Read blogs from the wonderful Bina Shah about our Menstrual Hygiene Day campaign and why the issue is so important for women all over the world.
Irise co-founder Emily Wilson wrote for The Independent about why we must dismantle the menstrual taboo.
Irise and BRIDGE collaborated on a very special Menstrual Hygiene Day newsletter.
Irise trustee, Josie Reynolds, was interviewed by Talk.Period as part of Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations in Bristol in May 2015.
Check out our 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.