Changemaker Ballah lives in Liberia, where he fights for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). His project Pad4Progress (P4P) tries to break the taboo on menstruation. Read more about Ballah. KidsRights helps Ballah set up, execute and expands his project. Read more about this project below.
What is the problem?
In Liberia menstruation is a big problem for many women and girls. People see it as something negative, while it should be seen as normal. Many girls don’t attend school while on their period. There is also a lack of clean and private toilets, which makes it difficult for girls to freshen up. Another problem is the prohibitive prices of sanitary pads and tampons. Women look for cheaper alternatives but these are often unsanitary and increase the chance of infections.
Girls don’t know much about menstruation because of the taboo surrounding it. Ballah wants girls and women to know how to take care of themselves during their menstruation, so they can keep attending school.
What is Ballah’s solution?
Ballah’s project is called Pad4Progress (P4P). P4P trains women and girls and seeks to raise awareness about menstruation.
The training is aimed at girls and young women aged 12 to 24. They are taught about menstruation and how to make affordable sanitary pads at home.
An online campaign is aimed at raising awareness about menstruation. The goal is to teach people about menstruation, and so remove its negative image. He will also try to reach the Liberian government, in the hopes of making sanitary pads more affordable.
What is his goal?
Ballah hopes to reach 8.000 people with his online campaign and gather 100 participants through his training. He will have accomplished his goal once every girl has access to free sanitary pads and no girl has to miss school because of her period.
How does Ballah work?
Ballah is project lead at P4P. His responsibilities are scheduling, finding a location for the training and seeking professionals who are prepared to assist with the training. He will also create the content for the online campaign, which will primarily be about:
His project team will visit schools in his city to recruit participants for the training.
The online campaign will use different forms of social media to reach at least 10.000 online followers.
Who does Ballah need?
What does Ballah need?
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