Prior to our visit, school girls at Mateete College were unable to go to schools because they didn’t have pads. In result, girls were missing up to 5 days of school every single month. Thanks to generous supporters like you, *every* girl at Mateete College now have the pads she needs to manage her period and be present in the classroom! Thank you for investing in female education, one She for She pad at a time.
I am so happy and proud to officially let you know that She for She has partnered with the clothing brand called Ganni, a Danish fashion brand.
In November 2019, I was excitedly waiting at She for She’s office in Kampala, waiting for our delivery from Ganni! I could simply not believe that such a big fashion brand would support us with keeping girls in school while they have their period.
Ganni has supplemented She for She with organic cotton for free in the quantities we use, which has meant that She for She became the first company in East Africa to produce organic pads!
We are so proud and pleased to be officially be in Ganni’s “Responsibility Report”
You can read it here: https://readymag.com/u1526266547/1815710/3/
A gigantic thank you to One LifeFoundations for this opportunity! We can’t wait to continue our mission by keep investing in our girls so they can go to school while having their periods. It takes a village and we got a powerful one!
Happy Women’s day
In the last week, out of the 6 months I spent in Uganda, we distributed reusable pads to over 350 girls. That is 1750 reusable organic pads! Our biggest give away to date!
Next week my documentary with The Danish Family Planning Association will be released.
Here you will meet a young woman called Gladys, who has been using She for She pads for 1 year – these were her first pads.
Today I think of all the girls I have given pads to. Their very first pads.
It gives me tears in my eyes that they no longer have to use pages from old books, newspapers, old t-shirts, foam mattresses or small corncobs as a hygiene product when they have their period.
Here’s Gladys story:
We had driven a long way to meet Gladys. We had driven about 6 hours from the capital city Kampala.
Last I saw Gladys was back in 2018 at Kingdom Secondary School in Mbarara in Southern Uganda, where she got her very first package of She for She pads.
When we arrive at her home, she is standing with her mother, sister and little brother waiting for us.
She smiles as she sees me and says “She for She” and I smile even more because, it’s me from She for She.
Gladys takes a bench from their hut and place it outside so we can sit down.
I talk to her mother and ask her which difference she has noticed with her daughter after she got her She for She pads.
She gets tears in her eyes and tells me that she can now send her daughter to school while she is on her Period and that her daughter is happy again.
Gladys shows us her She for She pads and tells us that she looks after them very well and that she has had them for 1 year now. It’s her most expensive property, she says, smiling.
I have been working with this for almost 3 years and every time it touches me deeply that something I take for granted in my everyday life can be crucial to whether a girl gets an education or not! So on this day, I think of all the women who have paved the way for me, and I cannot keep calm over because now I have the opportunity to pave the way for other girls!
She for She’s menstrual health educational material!
Finally it’s here! She for She’s own menstrual health educational material!
When we started out we would draw our own drawings to teach girls and boys about menstrual healthy, not the best or prettiest drawings but they did the work.
But look at what we have today! Look at how gorgeous they look!
Menstrual health education: a key to nurturing confident girls!
Drawn by Oswald, a student at kyambogo university
Happy new year!
WOW! What a year it has been! I won’t even try to summarise it – that would be impossible. But absolutely nothing would have been possible without your support.
So thank you all so much for for understanding that Menstruation is not a girls’ or women’s issue — it’s a human rights issue.
This coming decade humanity will decide its future.
Let’s make this year the best one for menstruating school girls.
let’s make the impossible possible!
Let’s get started.
Happy new year.
Here I am together with Kim Kardashian’s prior stylist Stephanie Shepherd in Kampala. You probably thinking how, why?
Here it is:
A video on Instagram had gone viral when all Stephanie wanted for her 30 year old birthday was to raise 30k to provide 15,000 school girls with panties. You’re probably thinking panties? Everyone can afford that! The answer is no. To have panties in 2019 is a privilege.
Many school girls in Uganda don’t have panties, and if they do, it’s one of the few they own simply because their parents gotta choose between feeding their family or giving their daughters panties.
First Tine sent me the video, then another friend sent me it, then when I went back on Instagram 15 more had sent me the video. I thought, I need to contact her, cause even though it’s essential to have panties, it’s just as important to have pads. So I thought we definitely should collaborate.
But how on earth do you reach someone like Stephanie Shepherd? I ended up sending her a message on Instagram, but with 1.5 million followers, she didn’t see my message. Tine suggested that I made a post instead where I would ask my followers to tag Stephanie. 150 tagged her (you guys rock), and she messaged me back. I couldn’t believe it when I saw she wanted to meet with me in Uganda! And here we are now where She for She and Khana Panties has made a partnership where we for every pad bag we give out to schoolgirls, we also give two panties and soap to wash the panties with.
You should see how happy these schoolgirls are when they’re told that not only are they receiving reusable pads, but also panties!
There are so many things I take for granted, but my work constantly reminds me to be grateful everyday, even for the little things like panties.