Dignity for Refugees & Internally Displaced Women

by Days for Girls International
Dignity for Refugees & Internally Displaced Women


Female refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) around the world have multiple humanitarian needs; among them are the challenges of managing menstruation with privacy, dignity, and safety. Days for Girls (DfG) meets the needs of displaced people who menstruate by providing washable, long-lasting menstrual Kits and vital health education. Our refugee outreach first began in Uganda and Lebanon and now we are proud to broaden our reach to Chad.

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Each year, countless refugees and IDPs are left without access to menstrual products due to conflicts and disasters. Humanitarian response often lacks a gender-inclusive lens and typically underfunds or excludes menstrual products and services in their emergency efforts. As a result, women and girls often lack access to both products to manage their menstruation with dignity, and menstrual health information, leading to uninformed health decisions which perpetuate stigma and misinformation.


DfG Kits are washable and long-lasting, which is important to a refugee or IDP with limited resources. Kits include 2 waterproof shields, 8 liners, a washcloth, a bar of soap, 2 pairs of panties, a waterproof carry pouch, a Care & Use sheet--all contained in a drawstring bag. Our Kits are a simple way for a woman or girl to gain control, regardless of citizenship status. Our health education includes how and why we menstruate, anatomy, hygiene, Kit care, self defense, and human trafficking.

Long-Term Impact

Our Kits are designed to last 3+ years when care instructions are followed. This provides a long-term solution that shows the menstruator that she matters, shattering the shame that too often surrounds menstruation. The education that comes with our Kits can increase body confidence, decrease anxiety, and help women and girls make informed health decisions. This critical knowledge will be passed to friends and relatives--creating a positive cycle of empowerment that changes entire communities.


Organization Information

Days for Girls International

Location: Mount Vernon, WA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @daysforgirls
Project Leader:
Erin Hale
Mount Vernon, WA United States
$18,911 raised of $30,000 goal
413 donations
$11,089 to go
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