Sep 13, 2021

Empowering Girls in Malawi

Thanks to your support through GlobalGiving, Days for Girls was able to advance our work in Malawi with some incredible impact to share! By combining donations from a number of generous supporters like you, we set forth an action plan to reach 5,000 girls in some of the most remote and poorest villages in Malawi this year. Your funding has helped us move closer to this goal! 

After official meetings with the First Lady of Malawi, along with other cabinet members, we participated in one of the most exciting events Days for Girls has ever hosted.  Our three amazing Malawi Enterprise leaders organized a celebration event and distribution for over 600 girls to receive DfG Kits, along with a health training. The entire community turned out including tribal chiefs, school personnel and lots and lots of girls and their families! 

Our local  leaders rejoiced in the recognition of what they had accomplished and even more exciting, what was to come. They have a clear vision to reach the entire country of Malawi with our program based on the support of so many who have come together, including you! 

Our local Days for Girls Malawi team recently headed out to the Neno district, in South Malawi. This is one of the most remote regions of Malawi, which meant they traveled by 4x4 cars and traversed treacherous roads to reach these remote villages.  

On a daily basis, girls walk many kilometres to get to school, carrying pails of water on their heads from the valleys up steep hills. Often, to avoid the dangerous and difficult journey they remain at the school for days, cooking and cleaning for themselves.  

Unfortunately a majority of these girls don’t complete secondary school. Instead, they are married off in a country that has one of the highest rates of early marriage in the world. One study estimates approximately 42% of girls are married before the age of 18, and 9% below the age of 15. While boys' marriage age comes much later with an estimated 1% of boys marrying before the age of 15 and 6% below the age of 18. Yet, because of your support, this dire number is beginning to change. 

With determination and passion, our team reached 630 girls in 7 different schools with Days for Girls washable pads and health education this quarter. But what is even more remarkable is how these health conversations helped to empower girls to see that there are other opportunities ahead and role models that can help them see a different future. 

Thank you!

Jul 1, 2021

Kik' Voces Menstruates

It's been a busy couple of months for Days for Girls Guatemala! This spring, they launched a new independent film called Kik’ Voces Menstruantes (Kik’ Menstruating Voices), and hosted viewing parties in a number of large cities throughout the country. The short film, shot in documentary-style and available in Spanish with English subtitles, features 22 Guatemalan women as well as local menstrual health advocates who share their stories, give advice, and advocate for women. Throughout the film, using knowledge gained first-hand, these same women expel dangerous myths such as:

  • Women should not eat avocados during menstruation;
  • Women should not shower during menstruation;
  • Menstruating women need to hide themselves from public view;
  • Disposable pads cause infections;
  • And, when a woman is on her period, she cannot get pregnant.

Some of the girls in the film describe feeling shame when their bodies first went through the healthy process of menstruation. A particularly poignant portion of the film is when older women describe their frustration and fear of how to approach the topic of menses with their own daughters. 

Days for Girls Guatemala Country Director Nilvia Gonzalez wrote, “It’s a human right for girls to have education about their bodies.” Using funds donated though GlobalGiving, we are changing the narrative on menstrual health. It is our goal to highlight, address, and put an end to these heart-wrenching experiences! We aim to empower women and girls with education and the tools necessary to make the best decisions for themselves and to ultimately end period poverty. But we cannot accomplish this without the support of our incredible donors. So we thank you for your commitment to providing dignity to those we serve.

We are excited to see what is next for the women and girls in Guatemala! As they use their voices to address a topic they previously considered taboo, they can start using their voices to reach every girl with dignity. Period.

Jun 21, 2021

DfG Lebanon Continues to Provide Period Dignity

At Days for Girls, we are leading the charge in our commitment to provide women and girls the basic tools and knowledge to handle their menstruation with dignity. This is largely due to your support, our GlobalGiving donors. Thank you for your generosity and your continued commitment to some of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls. 

We are pleased to share with you the latest achievements of our Lebanon Country Coordinator Khayrieh Al Assad and the DfG Lebanon Team:

  • Khayrieh was a panelist for the "Periods In and After the Pandemic: Refugee Spotlight" Webinar held the week of Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28) which you can access here.
  • Khayrieh was featured on Episode 9 of the DfG Podcast as part of our International Women's Day celebration.
  • Chaza Akik DrPH of the American University of Beirut interviewed Khayrieh as part of a UNFPA commissioned study on menstrual hygiene in Lebanon. The findings of the study were recently released in this study: "Assessment of the potential acceptability and utility of using reusable sanitary pads, and perceptions of awareness-raising on menstrual hygiene among vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugee women and girls" .
  • The DfG Lebanon Social Enterprises sold 100 Menstrual Kits to Concern Worldwide and 800 Menstrual Kits to Jeytna.
  • DfG Lebanon is in the process of registering as a local Lebanese NGO. This will open up our scope and opportunity to reach more women, girls, and communities in the region.
  • DfG Lebanon continues partnering with Anera and Americares in Kit distributions. To date, these organizations have donated 9,000 Kits as part of our Lebanon Emergency Response Project.

With your support and the hard work of our incredible Lebanon Team, we are ending period poverty for so many in Lebanon and the region! It is our goal to assure every girl that she matters, regardless of her life circumstances. Thank you for the important role you play in helping us make this goal a reality.

 
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