So what have you been up to?
Over the past 6 weeks I have had the pleasure of working with Irise Uganda in assisting evaluation of their menstruation friendly schools project and observing their other projects. Having never been to Uganda before I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to explore a new country, a new culture and meet so many welcoming and friendly community members.
My work here has consisted of carrying out interviews and focus groups with school pupils, teachers and community champions who have been involved in the menstruation friendly schools project. I was able to gain genuine insight in to the challenges faced by all members of the community surrounding menstruation. The value of education became even clearer to me; through exchanging stories and conversation with these community members I learnt how beneficial the education provided by Irise has been in not only changing a girls experience of menstruation for the better but also encouraging community involvement to ensure women and girls are no longer held back by their period.
For the last 6 weeks I have been working with the Irise Uganda team to evaluate Irise’s Genesis project, which aims to establish access to affordable, sustainable access to menstrual products for girls and women within communities in Eastern Uganda.
I have conducted interviews and focus groups with Irise’s entrepreneurs within three communities in Jinja, learning about the personal development of the entrepreneurs themselves as well as the positive impact they’ve had on their communities’ changing understanding of menstruation and their menstrual practices.
What's been your favourite moment so far?
One of my favourite days here was a school visit where we helped distribute sample menstrual pads, knickers and education booklets to the girls at school, their excitement and appreciation was a pleasure to experience. I want to thank Irise for this insightful experience and I look forward to watching their projects continue to progress and change the lives of women and girls during menstruation.
My favourite moment so far was meeting Deborah. Deborah is a proud Irise entrepreneur. Previously, she had no income and relied on her husband for all her basic needs, but since selling menstrual products as an Irise entrepreneur, she has been able to contribute to her children’s school fees and provide meals for her family.