In many areas around the world, including Mozambique, menstruation is heavily stigmatized due to a lack of education and cultural beliefs, and can limit women's access to hygiene and interaction with their community. Women often have limited options for feminine hygiene products and may have to use "traditional" methods such as cloths, papers or leaves, which can be uncomfortable and allow leakage onto clothes. Where options such as pads do exist, they are often cost prohibitive as families prioritize spending on food and other essentials.
These challenges can lead to more serious issues and reproductive diseases, and contribute to school absenteeism. Young women may also refrain from participating in physical activities and have a lower level of confidence. Access to safe and affordable menstrual health management resources for young women in Mozambique is crucial for their long-term health and economic empowerment.
This project will team with CouldYou?, a NGO who works in the Menstrual Health Management space in Africa.
The $6,000.00 project will provide 600 menstrual cups to women in Mozambique.
It will utilize CouldYou?'s existing menstrual cup purchasing agreements, logistics and distribution networks, in country education organizations and Rotary associations to provide menstrual cups, education and follow up to these women.
La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club conducted a March 2023 fundraiser to fund the $3,000.00 club contribution.