These inspiring organisations are empowering women and girls to achieve their true value.
As today is International Women’s Day, we think it’s important to talk about women and the work that organisations around the globe do to help women prosper every day. Especially in a time when campaigns such as Me Too and Times Up have surged, women are coming together and raising a voice to build a world without inequality.
The root of this change comes from education, which allows us to discover our passion and goals in life. However, in some parts of the world, girls aren’t able to finish their education or enjoy it to the fullest. One of the reasons for this is due to the lack of menstruation products available to those living in poverty. In India only 12% of women have sanitary products, the rest are forced to use rags or old clothes every month. This has unfortunately resulted in girls missing, or even in some cases, dropping out of school. Girls are dropping out due to a lack of the right facilities to meet their needs, and the fear of embarrassment that comes with not having the appropriate materials each month.
This is where social enterprises such as Freda or Lunapads come in. Working with organisations both in the UK and in Africa, these organisations work with companies to give out pads to girls in low-income areas so they don’t have to fear going to school and staining their clothes. Based on a one-for-one model, initiatives like Lunapads ‘One4Her’ scheme promise customers that when they buy a Lunapads product, it provides pads and other materials for women in places that need them. Lunapads, supporting Afripads, provides women with reusable pads, ‘Made in Uganda – for women by women, with love’.
Freda works with three organisations – two in the UK and one in Tanzania. Bloody Good Period and A Bloody Good Cause are two UK organisations that give out sanitary products to those in the UK who are homeless or in refugee centres. Kilipads are a Tanzanian organisation who give out products in schools and also provide education surrounding the subject, so that girls have a better understanding of what menstruation is and no longer have to feel embarrassed or fear going to school. These organisations are vital in helping girls to stay in school, no matter what time of the month.
It’s encouraging to see so many businesses doing similar work to help girls and women prosper. Twinings have announced that they are extending a programme promoting gender equality in the tea supply chain for an extra five years. This initiative provides women in Assam with better nutrition and protection, so they have a safe place to live and a job so they can support themselves. The programme also aims to help girls stay in school, giving them the education they need in order to thrive.
No girl should miss out on their education over something unavoidable. Being born female should in no way affect their education or prospects for the future. All girls have amazing value to put into the world, it is only fair that everyone gives the same value back. When girls have access to a good education they can do anything and can achieve amazing things. It is important that all girls have the opportunity to pursue any career that they’re passionate about, so that they can rely on themselves.
We all need to come together to help women from every background so that we can thrive, together. When given the opportunity, there is nothing to stop women from reshaping the world for the better.