To build a better world 🌏, through international cooperation👫, we are a student organization working to ensure that girls and women in vulnerable communities have access to menstrual hygiene management. With your support, we address period poverty, an global issue that is affecting millions of girls and women today ❤️
We sell Organic Kampot Peppers online and at fundraising events to raise funds that donate 100% of the profits to help girls and women struggling from Period Poverty. In the year 2020 - 2021, through selling peppers, our chapters raised funds to fund a period-friendly latrine in Cambodia and period products to help girls be able to manage their periods safely, and with dignity.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Our work to empower menstruators around the world is in line with the UN’s sustainable development goals, including "No Poverty", "Good Health and Well-Being", "Gender Equality", and "Clean Water and Sanitation"
Collaborate through Chapters
We currently have 9 Chapters around the world including the US, Europe, and Hong Kong. As chapters of For Girls, we work together throughout the year to share ideas, plan events, and discuss information to support each other with our regional specific work
What We Do
Below are our 3 Main Initiatives: Raising Awareness, Service, and Pepper Project.
Our various events throughout the year are mainly around these initiatives.
An incredible tool for raising awareness and encouraging people to speak up regarding Period Poverty is education and building a community around us. We use social media to share our mission with others aimed at encouraging open discussions regarding period poverty in order to eradicate the unhealthy stigma surrounding menstruation.
Through social media and celebrating menstrual hygiene day at different schools, we aim to continue to raise awareness about Period Poverty.
We support girls who suffer from Period Poverty by helping to provide thicker sanitary napkins, period products through hosting Period Product Dignity drives, and menstrual hygiene education in communities. Through our fundraising, we help provide girls and women with period products so that they can safely manage their periods.
Through one of our online pepper shop, we have been raising funds in order to 100% donate to help girls that struggle from Period Poverty. These funds have been used to help fund the construction of a period friendly school latrine with hand washing facilities for girls in Cambodia. We have special deals and packages during the New Year, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Menstrual Hygiene day so be on a lookout!
What Is Period Poverty?
Period poverty refers not only to the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products to manage menstruation, but also to a lack of period education and basic sanitary services such as toilets, hand washing receptacles, and hygienic waste management.
For many girls around the world, especially in low income communities, proper sanitary products are often a financial burden. This leaves them with the choice between spending money on sanitary product or spending on other necessities for their family. As a result, many are forced to instead use rags, newspapers, and thin toilet paper. However, even in developed countries, there are still women and girls that suffer from period poverty. For example, girls may use one sanitary napkin for an extended period of time due to financial struggles. By resorting to less hygiene products to take care of their period, girls are vulnerable to health complications.
When girls don’t have access to proper menstrual management, it puts their dignity and confidence at risk. For many girls, their period means an end to their education as they are unable to go to school during their period. Because period poverty prevents them from staying in school, it thereby ends their education.
Furthermore, period poverty is often worsened by the stigma that still surrounds menstruation. In some cultures, menstruating is considered dirty and something that should not be talked about. As a consequence, girls are shameful during their periods which can often lead to unsafe menstrual management.
Period poverty is a global issue with far-reaching consequences. It risks girls from not completing their education, which has negative impacts on their future opportunities. Access to menstrual hygiene management is a right and feeling empowered to go to school and not miss education during one's period is a necessity. Achieving menstrual equity means girls should have access to proper sanitary products, hand washing facility, proper toilet, menstruation education, and hygienic waste management.
It Starts With You
There are so many individuals who are affected by Period Poverty, unable to access the basic menstrual hygiene products required to manage their periods safely, and consequently, creating a barrier for them to reach their full potential. But you can help in so many different ways.