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.