Localization: advice from local manufacturers to accelerate impact
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by Michelle Tjeenk Willink
3w ago
Why are local social enterprises great partners in creating impact? Because it’s their business to know (and care!) that their products and services are meeting the needs and solving problems for the local population. And when set up well, it’s their goal to operate sustainably and put profits back into the community. So why is there often hesitation from the public sector, non-profit organizations and their donors to form genuine partnerships with local private sector/social enterprises? How can processes be improved to leverage the kind of impact social enterprise manufacturers can bring? Th ..read more
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Young Mothers and Students join AFRIpads to Challenge the Menstrual Health Status Quo in Butaleja District
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by Patricia Humura
1M ago
As March wraps up, marking the end of Women’s Month, we shine a light on the journeys of girls, young mothers, and a  38-year-old grandmother from Butaleja district. With other stakeholders, they urge donors, the government, and well-wishers to invest in women’s menstrual health, echoing the all-inclusive approach that AFRIpads offers.  Menstrual kits, AFRIpads Underwear, girl talk books, training, period health education, and a group for menstrual discussions are all included in this package. AFRIpads collaborated with Universal Health and Development Foundation to carry out an outr ..read more
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Interview with Gloria Nawanyaga, HIV activist and Menstrual Health and Hygiene Champion
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by Patricia Humura
3M ago
In this interview, Gloria Nawanyaga, a Ugandan HIV activist, discusses her experiences with menstrual products and living with HIV. She provided AFRIpads with great feedback on our reusable pads and how we can best serve the community. Interviewed by Patricia Humura from the Partnerships and Communications team online on February 5th, 2024. Patricia (AFRIpads): It is a sunny Monday morning full of energy. And yes, I know where it comes from. It is because I have an interview with Gloria Nawanyaga, a remarkable HIV activist. She is excited to share her experience using our products and learn mo ..read more
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“From South Sudan to Refugee Camp to a Reproductive Health Master’s Program: How AFRIpads Inspired Me”
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by Patricia Humura
4M ago
Young university student, Yawa Lilly Bismarck, shares how AFRIpads menstrual products motivated her current study and career choices. Meet Yawa Lilly Bismarck, a 26-year-old pursuing a Master of Public Health in Reproductive and Child Health in Gondar, Ethiopia. Passionate about Sexual and Reproductive Health, Lilly seizes every opportunity to educate adolescent girls in refugee settlements and her homeland, South Sudan. However, this wasn’t always the case. Lilly’s anxieties and fear around periods were eased by the support of teachers, menstrual health trainers, reading on menstrual health ..read more
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: How Addressing Menstrual Health Gives Agency
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by Michelle Tjeenk Willink
5M ago
Definitions Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Is any harmful act or threatened act directed at an individual or group based on their gender (or perceived gender). GBV is a serious violation of human rights and can lead to life-long repercussions for survivors and their communities. For instance, a robust body of research has demonstrated a wide-range of negative mental health consequences of GBV—including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and suicidality—as well as intergenerational impacts (e.g., witnessing or experiencing GBV in childhood can increase risk of violence perpetration and victimization in ad ..read more
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Our AFRIpads Factory: An Economic Impact Success Story in Rural Uganda
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by Michelle Tjeenk Willink
7M ago
In our world of social and economic empowerment, specifically aiming to make a difference in the lives of girls and women, our AFRIpads factory in Kitengesa, Uganda, has now been proven to spread benefits beyond the factory walls to the broader community: lowering the gender employment gap, improving school attendance for girls, and increasing purchasing power and savings behavior. We thank the students and mentors at the University of British Columbia who recently completed a 5-year economic impact study looking into the effects, if any, of our rural factory outside Masaka, Uganda. This post ..read more
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Why boys and men need to be included in menstrual health and hygiene discussions
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by Gloria Nirere
1y ago
Involving men and boys in menstrual knowledge and training activities is an integral part of combating the many factors that contribute to gender inequality. Gender inequality is the unequal power relations between men and women, resulting in women and girls’ voices not being heard during decision making within households, communities, and development programs, especially when it comes to reproductive health.  The barriers specific to menstruation and menstrual health and hygiene include:      Myths and misconceptions that are the result of cultural taboos and con ..read more
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Love Stories x Yoni in Support of AFRIpads Foundation
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by Michelle Tjeenk Willink
1y ago
Love Stories and Yoni team up to support women in Uganda with the AFRIpads Foundation In support of Menstrual May and Menstrual Hygiene Day coming up on May 28th, Love Stories Intimates, a leading premium lingerie brand, has joined forces with Yoni, the innovative fem care brand, to create period-proof underwear raising funds to support the AFRIpads Foundation and give back to communities in need. “From the beginning, Love Stories has been rooted in the idea of challenging societal norms for women. Together with Yoni, we can harness our power as female-led brands and use our voices to norma ..read more
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A Leadership Transition for AFRIpads
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by Michelle Tjeenk Willink
1y ago
2023 is bringing many new things to AFRIpads! A letter from our founders… “We founded AFRIpads on the unwavering conviction that an experience as normal and natural as menstruation simply cannot stand as a barrier to achieving gender equality, nor to women and girls around the world realizing their full potential, every day of the month.   This is what we set out to change as young entrepreneurs in rural Uganda in 2008. On this 15 year journey – together with our incredible team, investors, stakeholders and partners – we have grown AFRIpads from a pilot project; to a pioneer of the m ..read more
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Partner of the Year: Irise Institute East Africa
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by Trudy Emojong
1y ago
Lillian Bagala, Regional Director, Irise Institute East Africa “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” Maya Angelou  In 2020,  we introduced the “Partner of the Month” digital series to recognize and celebrate our partners and their accomplishments. Over the past two years, we have introduced to you over 20 Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) champions, and partners across the globe who are working tirelessly to advance the period positive movement.  In the past year, we acknowledged the ..read more
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