Days for Girls Guatemala empowers Enterprise leaders in their community outreach to Mayan women and girls with DFG menstrual pads and health education. Local indigenous leaders are the best positioned to break through cultural stigmas associated with menstruation. Together, let's promote menstrual dignity to unleash their unlimited potential in this life-saving work!
Girls in rural and impoverished communities often go without adequate menstrual supplies. This is especially true for Mayan girls in Guatemala. Of the 6.5 million indigenous people, 22% are affected by extreme poverty-accounting for 44% of the overall population. In the age of COVID-19, girls' access to menstrual health education and supplies is cut off due to school closures, causing isolation and a sharp increase in young pregnancies.
Days For Girls delivers our work through a social enterprise model. We train and support indigenous leaders to develop livelihood skills, provide menstrual health education, and sew and distribute long lasting, washable pads. We believe in a locally led and empowered approach to address menstrual health that includes (1) improved access to menstrual products, (2) menstrual, sexual, and reproductive health education, and (3) the promotion of positive social norms around menstruation.
Equipped with the knowledge of how their bodies function, girls will experience less anxiety from their natural body processes and they will be able to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. This means better outcomes for Mayan girls and the 24 ethnic groups they represent across Guatemala. We know that when we invest in girls, their potential is unleashed, and entire communities are elevated!
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