“About 68% of rural women and girls in third world countries cannot afford sanitary pads available in the market,” states a survey by global research firm AC Nielsen.
Girls around the world in impoverished areas are forced to turn to unsanitary sources for feminine supplies including: leaves, bark, newspapers, mattress foam, old rugs, dirty rags, goat skins…even rocks and corn cobs. In many cases they allow themselves to be sexually exploited out of desperation for school fees and supplies.
According to a recent UNICEF report, a girl in primary school between grades 6 and 8 loses approximately 18 weeks out of 108 school weeks because of her period. A girl in high school loses 156 learning days because of her monthly cycle which is equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of 144 weeks of school.
Gene Sperling, director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations says, “The benefits of girls’ education, in terms of improving health, women’s empowerment, and family well-being, probably does make girls’ education the highest-returning social investment in the world.”
- According to a recent UNICEF report, a girl in primary school between grades 6 and 8 (3 years) loses approximately 18 weeks out of 108 school weeks because of her period. A girl in high school (4 years) loses 156 learning days because of her monthly cycle which is equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of 144 weeks of school.
- According to the Ministry of Education in Kenya and Uganda, ‘the provision of safe feminine hygiene solutions directly decreases dropout rates.’
- According to the Forum of Women Educationalist, the biggest number of girls drop out of school in year five or six…or when their period begins.
A pack of eight store-bought sanitary pads costs about $2, and unlike the Sister Acts solution, they are not biodegradable or environmentally friendly. Girls need at least 2 packs a month at a cost of $4. This amount x 12 months per year is $48 x 3 years =$144 as the actual cost for sanitary supplies per girl. A girl or her family can invest in a Days for Girls Kit for $7.50 that will last three years at a savings to her and her family of over $135 dollars per girl in their household!
Join with Global Seed Planters in providing girls with desperately needed sanitary supplies and giving them a fighting chance at an education and bright future. We are committed to seeing young girls and women empowered in the area of health and education. Thank you for partnering with us in this Call to Action to “Educate a girl – change a nation”