URIDU is proudly collaborating with the Community Development Network (CDN) on a Menstrual Hygiene Project for school girls in Cameroon. Girls in Cameroon miss 4 days of school per month on average when they menstruate because of a lack of access to menstrual hygiene knowledge and resources.
Missing days means that girls fall behind in their lessons, leading to a 12% rate of grade repetition. This is especially troubling when you consider the existing school attendance rates for girls; less than 50% of girls in Cameroon attend primary school, and of that group, only 32% go on to attend secondary school.
Our goal is to improve school attendance rates by providing reusable pads and menstrual cups, and to empower girls with education about their sexual and reproductive health to give them confidence, increase their self-esteem, and reduce shame about puberty, their bodies, and their menstrual cycles. We believe that our efforts to increase school attendance rates will improve girls' quality of education, and by effect, their economic opportunities.
The Community Development Network (CDN) will launch their first workshops on Menstrual Hygiene Day, May 28th. They will distribute menstrual hygiene supplies to girls along with educational materials to empower them with knowledge about menstruation and their bodies. The workshops and educational materials are based on URIDU contents in French and English.