MY PERIOD MY PRIDE.
Uganda Girl Guides Association is an all-female NGO that deals with empowerment of the girl child to reach her fullest potential and become a responsible citizen of the world. UGGA has initiated different projects including the menstrual health campaign conducted under the YESS (youth exchange south to south) Girls Movement being implemented in 9 countries namely; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Madagascar, Burundi and Rwanda
The advocacy campaign dubbed’ MY PERIODS MY PRIDE’ is meant to increase awareness and sensitization across different schools on menstruation, male involvement in breaking the cultural norms and taboos and also teach on menstrual health management through proper disposal methods and WASH issues which are also in line with UN’s sustainable development goals.
⦁ Active mobilization has been done in different schools that has seen students engage in school debates, issues being addressed openly and boys supporting girls as the issue also affects them indirectly.
⦁ The menstrual health campaign has been made possible through a body confidence tool called FREE BEING ME which encourages girls to embrace their bodies in a bid to increase their self-esteem and changing the outlook of body image.
⦁ The overwhelming response we have had from school administrators, students and the community at large in different districts has enabled the continuity of this project in covering comprehensive sexuality education.
⦁ Launching a newsletter on menstrual hygiene.
⦁ Teaching girls on how to make reusable pads from local materials e.g. old clothes
The project was initiated in January 2017 and with an aim of being implemented as part of the programs done in the association and to be included in the education curriculum.
⦁ Partnerships with different organizations dealing with menstrual and reproductive health to teach women to make pads as a mean of generating income and to deliver napkins at reduced prices.
⦁ Increased awareness in schools and the community and creating a supportive environment where menstruation is socially accepted and thus the theme “my periods my pride”.
⦁ Sustainable programs e.g. social business models that are sustainable without long term funding.
⦁ Solutions for discreet and sustainable waste management in relation to environmental conservancy.