RECFAM works with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to distribute PRIDE Sanitary Pads and menstrual health education to schools in Ghana.
PRIDE sanitary pads in Ghana
Rural women endure cultural attitudes that stigmatize menstruating women and girls as dirty, and many are too ashamed to leave home during the course of menstruation. Adolescent girls (age group 12-18 years) miss on average 5 days of school per month (50 days per year). Around 23% of these girls actually drop out of school after they start menstruating. Women limit their social life, temporarily stop working, and are not allowed into a house of worship or public places during the process of menstruation. According to a recent study by Global Information and Measurement Enterprise, 68% of rural women cannot afford sanitary pads. They instead use unclean rags, cloth, newspaper, leaves or cotton wool and this causes infections, infertility, and other complications.
RECFAM is working to de-stigmatise the natural and healthy process of menstruation by producing biodegradable, affordable PRIDE sanitary pads for women and girls in rural and peri-urban areas in Ghana. Furthermore we provide education and work directly with schools to promote gender equality and increase girls school attendance.
Produce reliable, affordable and high-quality sanitary pads and menstrual hygiene education for school girls and rural women throughout the region.
Offer employment in RECFAM production facilities, sales and education teams as we build a sustainable livelihood through social enterprises for women to improve household income and opportunities in the poorest regions around Ghana and other Africa countries.
(Research & Counseling foundation for African Migrants)
Our founding institute works to:
Research into child vulnerability, trafficking and irregular migration problems in order to come up with holistic solutions.
To produce reliable and high quality sanitary pads for school girls and rural women throughout the region.
Establish a farm for woman to cultivate banana (fiber) and cotton as raw materials for the sanitary pad production.
Advocate for good governance thereby creating awareness on child protection related issues and on the dangers of irregular migration.
Provide successful reintegration services to vulnerable children and migrants in need of such services without prejudice.
Encourage entrepreneurial skills training and assist in local initiatives for economic empowerment as alternatives to irregular migration.
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