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Understanding & Managing Menstruation

Understanding & Managing Menstruation as a key factor to achievement of SDG 1,3,4,5



School girls in Maracha District reporting to school on first day

The world’s 1.1 billion girls  are part of a large and vibrant global generation poised to take on the future. Yet the ambition for gender equality in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights the preponderance of disadvantage and discrimination borne by girls everywhere on a daily basis. With accurate, and relevant data organizations, countries and individuals can make relevant decisions and policies to enforce the Sustainable Development Goals. 

One of the most important changes girls go through is starting menstruation. This is a natural and normal change that all of us girls go through. This reader will tell you all about menstruation, why it happens, what to do to manage it and who to talk to for support and help.

This is also a big challenge to the attainment of the SDGs 1, 3,4,5 as many girls miss school and drop out as the result of not being able to understand and manage menstruation.

As part of the Keep Me In School Campaign; Amani Initiative is prioritizing understanding and managing menstruation among the most vulnerable communities as a solution to reducing school drop out and child marriages. This is through:-

  1. Community and school awareness campaigns on menstruation
  2. Hands on skills training on making of re-usable sanitary pads from low cost available materials
  3. Eliminating the negative believes and stigma against menstruation through engaging boys and males in awareness campaigns. 

Click-to-download-a-copy-of-the-understanding-managing-menstruation-guide that was prepared by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports and partners



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