Pads Matter

We would like to invite you to become a supporter of Yoga Without Borders and contribute to our 2017 Pads Matter campaign.

 

Before we ask for your support, we would like to share with you why it’s so important to us: why education matters, why pads matter, why menstruation matters, and how you can make a difference. For girls in developing countries, it’s the difference between tragedy and autonomy.

The facts are horrifying.

  • Over 130 million girls and women living today have been subjected to female genital mutilation.
  • Every year, 15 million girls are forced into marriage and virtual slavery. That’s 28 girls a minute.
  • 1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • Systematic, mass rape of women and girls is a predominant weapon of modern war.
  • Every day, approximately 830 women and girls die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.

The facts and the state of violence are so overwhelming that it can be hard to know where to start. So we asked some of the renowned advocates and authors in the field. One of the women from Kenya was very specific, and gave us an answer we didn’t expect: “Get us pads. The girls need sanitary pads so they can stay in school.”

This is not something that we would think about in the West. We go to the drugstore to get tampons. In developing countries, especially rural areas, there are often no pads, no tampons, and many girls end up using rags, garbage and manure. They incur infections and diseases. They cannot attend school or move about freely in their homes and communities. When girls miss and drop out of school, when they are marginalized, they are at higher risk for forced child marriage, early pregnancy, female genital mutilation, and their economic and life chances dramatically decline. This is why pads matter.

As requested, we took the first step and began sending re-usable sanitary pads, underwear and personal hygiene items to women and girls in Cameroon, Haiti and Zambia.

They asked for more, and we are responding.

This year, our commitment is to deliver pads and underwear to a minimum of 100 girls each month. Over twelve months, that means over 1,200 girls will each be supplied with enough pads and underwear to last them for at least 5 years!

On March 1, 2016 we are arriving in person with a double delivery (1,000 pads and 1,000 pairs of underwear) to Cameroon. We will be meeting with girls to talk about menstruation, their personal goals, and peer mentoring. We are also garnering the support of local schools and community leaders, and learning more about what Yoga Without Borders can do to further support the health, education and rights of girls and women.

We are raising funds now for this auspicious and growing initiative. By becoming a supporter of Yoga Without Borders, you can help girls stay in school and break the cycle of poverty and discrimination.

  • More than 62 million girls around the world are not attending school.
  • Girls not in school are at higher risk for child marriage.
  • Education is key to ending the cycle of poverty.
  • Lack of menstruation resources is a major barrier to girls’ education.
  • Cultural taboos around menstruation and traditions that discriminate against girls perpetuate a system of oppression and health risks for girls.
  • Access to reusable pads and underwear helps girls to stay in school.
  • Girls who stay in school are less likely to marry early and less likely to have children at an early age.
  • Each additional year in school increases their future income potential by 10%.
  • Educated girls grow into empowered women who give back to their families and communities.

You can make a real difference in the life chances of girls. Just $100 assures that a girl in a developing country has the sanitary pads and underwear she needs for at least five years.

Ways to Contribute

Make a one time or monthly donation:

  • Support a girl – $100
  • Support ten girls – $1,000
  • Support a classroom – $5,000
  • Support a school – $30,000

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