Our comic books are printed on 100% recycled paper and available in English, Swahili, and Zulu. They also come with three free reusable pads to help fight against Period Poverty in Africa and keep our young girls in school!
One in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their periods to avoid the embarrassment of bleeding through their uniforms. Some girls use unhygienic items such as cloth rags, socks, leaves, or dry grass as a substitute for pads which can lead to infections. Many girls drop out of school altogether once they begin menstruating. Should our young girls miss 20% of school days in a given year or drop out due to a lack of information or lack of sanitary products?
The plain answer is NO!
There’s already a lot standing in their way; from pervasive poverty to persistent cultural attitudes, to forced early marriages and child labour.
Periods shouldn’t be one of them!
Many girls have been forced into period poverty (lack of access to menstrual hygiene products and education) due to financial barriers, stigma, and a lack of education about periods, and Covid-19 has worsened the problem.
OUR SOLUTION We are a women-led non-profit organization. Our organization educates and mentors young African schoolgirls from underserved communities on periods and puberty via the use of comic books so that they can effectively manage their periods and build the self-confidence they need to take control of the future and succeed. All of our comic books come with 3 free reusable sanitary pads to help fight against period poverty in Africa, one pair of underwear, and a free unique period bracelet to help them track where they are in their cycle and be ready with a pad in their school bag.
We are PadHer. We educate, mentor, and equip young African schoolgirls to manage their periods effectively. We break down barriers so that young African schoolgirls can take control of the future.
Our Core values are derived from the acronym P.E.R.I.O.D
Providing free sanitary pads to young schoolgirls and making them accessible.
Educating and mentoring young African schoolgirls on periods and puberty in the most innovative way possible.
Raising awareness of the importance of menstrual hygiene for young schoolgirls.
Instilling the self-confidence that young schoolgirls need to succeed in the future.
Obliterating period poverty in Africa.
Dispelling long-held myths and misconceptions about periods.
ABOVE: Chika Nwaogu (Founder of PadHer) posing with the PadHer Schoolgirl Kit. The PadHer Schoolgirl Kit contains a free comic book to learn about periods, three free reusable pads (two reusable medium flow pads for daytime and one reusable heavy flow pad for nighttime), one beautiful small wet bag (for keeping their wet pads as they change to a new one in school), one pair of underwear, and a period bracelet (to help track their cycle and be ready with a pad in their school bag).
Period poverty is poverty, period! The goal is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, and like every other form of poverty, the pandemic worsened period poverty. PadHer is on a mission to help eradicate period poverty in Africa!
COVID-19 has deepened existing inequalities such as period poverty, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable communities the hardest. Because of the pandemic, many families are struggling to afford rent, food, and utility bills, let alone essential period products.
We are providing free reusable sanitary pads and underwear to young schoolgirls so that they do not use unsanitary materials such as old rags, cloths, socks, and so on, which could lead to reproductive tract infections (RTI) or other health conditions.
African young schoolgirls miss up to 5 days of school per month as a result of their periods. We keep our girls in school by educating and mentoring them on periods and puberty and making sanitary pads free and accessible. We are ensuring that they receive a quality education.
We are ensuring that young African schoolgirls can manage their periods safely, hygienically, and with dignity. We are breaking down barriers and creating positive social norms around periods.
By providing reusable sanitary pads to young schoolgirls, we are reducing waste generation. We also teach these girls how to properly use and care for their reusable sanitary pads to avoid infections caused by improper pad care.
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At PadHer, we take these holistic approaches to support young African schoolgirls in underserved communities:
We are educating and mentoring young African schoolgirls from underserved communities on periods and puberty using comic books, thus making it free, fun, easy, and comfortable teaching them about periods and puberty.
Due to the lack of access to sanitary products due to financial challenges in underserved communities, PadHer gives free reusable sanitary pads (3 pads) to young schoolgirls as we educate and mentor them about periods. We are giving these girls two years of period protection! Our pads also come with one free pair of underwear.
We are increasing menstrual awareness via period bracelets. The period bracelet helps end period stigma as young schoolgirls wear them to show their support, while they also use it to track their cycle and be ready with a pad in their school bag.
Lack of knowledge about periods can lead to harmful beliefs and discrimination. It can also prevent girls from participating in regular childhood activities. Young girls are denied the opportunity to learn about periods and develop healthy behaviors due to stigma, taboos, and myths. Girls Only was created to make it free, fun, easy, and comfortable teaching young school girls about periods and puberty.
Talking about periods should never be boring. To effectively teach periods to young schoolgirls, we have to use mediums they find much more appealing — Comic Books!
Girls Only comic series tells the story of a 12-year old African schoolgirl Amanda, who just got her first period. The comic series takes us on young Amanda’s journey to better understanding periods and puberty.
Most recently, Girls Only broadened its focus beyond menstruation and puberty to include sexual and reproductive health and rights topics, addressing critical issues such as teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, body rights, and sexual and gender-based violence.
Girls Only has an innovative approach to storytelling and audience engagement. We are using real-life experiences to capture our audience, yet keeping it fun to learn about periods and puberty!
The first issue of the “Girls Only” comic book series titled “First Period” is currently available in English, Swahili, and Zulu, with plans to translate it into 50 indigenous African languages by 2023. We want to reach as many girls as possible, and we believe this is a right step in that direction.
Our comic books make learning about period and puberty fun for schoolgirls and teaching comfortable for teachers and parents.
All copies of our free comic book come with 3 free reusable sanitary pads to help fight against period poverty in Africa, a beautiful small wet bag (for storing wet pads to be washed at home) and one pair of underwear.
All copies of our free comic book come with a free unique period bracelet to help young schoolgirls track where they are in their cycle.
Girls Only is also created with boys in mind! Yes, you read that correctly. We named our comic series "Girls Only" to draw the attention of boys. We did this because, to eradicate period shaming, boys must learn about periods too!
Girls Only contain medically accurate contents, and is thoroughly and carefully researched. Girls Only has been reviewed and vetted by medical experts.
PadHer constantly visits schools in underserved communities across Africa, where we distribute our comic books and engage (educating and mentoring) young girls aged 10 to 15 in a one-hour workshop covering key period topics. 10 to 15 is around the time they first notice their period (Grades 6-8).
When we visit a school, we give each girl a free comic book on periods, three free reusable sanitary pads, a beautiful small wet bag for storing wet pads to be washed at home, one pair of underwear, and a free period bracelet to keep track of their cycle.
Every period workshop concludes with a certificate of participation handed to each student who participated. Even though our workshop's primary targets are young schoolgirls in underserved communities, we sometimes include boys too.
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