Days for Girls (DfG) empowers social enterprise leaders across Latin America in their community outreach to women & girls with DfG menstrual pads and health education. Local leaders are best positioned to break through cultural stigmas associated with menstruation. We're pleased to expand our outreach beyond Guatemala to include Haiti, the Dominican Republic (DR), Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Together, let's promote menstrual dignity to unleash their unlimited potential in this life-changing work!
Girls in rural and impoverished communities often go without adequate menstrual supplies. This is equally true for girls in Central and South America. Of the 23 million Latin American young women, 64% are affected by poverty. The impact of Covid-19 in these communities has caused a decrease in health education due to school closures and a sharp increase in teen pregnancies.
DfG delivers our work through a social enterprise model. We train and support local leaders to develop livelihood skills, provide menstrual health (MH) education, and sew and distribute long lasting, washable pads. We believe in a locally led and empowered approach to address MH that includes: improved access to menstrual products; menstrual, sexual, and reproductive health education; and partnerships with community and government officials to support MH policy and programming for the longterm.
Equipped with the knowledge of how their bodies function, girls will experience less anxiety from their natural body processes and will be able to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Menstruation will no longer be an impediment for attending school, removing one more barrier for vulnerable girls. This means better outcomes for girls and future generations. We know that when we invest in girls, their potential is unleashed, and entire communities are elevated!