Girls Only Comic Series
Average length of comic books: 30 pages
Average reading time: 10 – 15 minutes
Available Languages: 15
Issues released: 10
— All About Puberty
— A to Z on Menstrual Cycle
— All About Menstrual Hygiene
— Debunking Period Myths
— Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Infections
— HIV and Sugar Daddy Awareness
— Teenage Pregnancy and Abortion (Coming Soon)
WHAT MAKES GIRLS ONLY GREAT?
— Based on real-life experiences
— Designed for Boys Too!
— Fun for school girls and comfortable for parents and teachers
Paper and pulp are a major industrial polluter of water, soil, and air. Toxic substances get released into our air, soil, and water because of the use of chlorine-based bleaches in the pulp and paper manufacturing process. Paper rotting releases methane gas, 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Because of the severity of the problem posed by paper waste, we are taking simple steps to reduce it as much as possible. As a result, we print our comic books on 100% recycled paper.
— Ending Period Stigma one comic at a time —
Brenda Jebet Rotich (Story Editor)
Rotich is an avid story teller. She's part of the team that makes sure the stories in the comic books and on the website are thought-provoking, well-written, and fun to read.
Wanjiru Kinuthia (Story Editor)
Kiuthia loves to tell stories. At PadHer she is using this gift to impact the lives of young African schoolgirls. Kinuthia is in charge of character development and plots.
Girls Only comic series is published monthly and 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, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) topics.
Its beautiful illustrations and cartoon characters make talking about periods easy and pleasant for parents and teachers. Girls Only has an innovative approach to storytelling and audience engagement. It uses real-life experiences to capture our audience (young schoolgirls), yet keeping it fun for them to learn about periods, puberty, and SRHR topics!
Girls Only comic book series answers some of the most frequently asked questions about periods and puberty.
- When will I get my first period?
- What is a period and why do we have them?
- How much blood do I lose during my period?
- Is there anything I won’t be able to do when I have my period?
- Does having your period hurt?
- How long is each cycle?
- How long does each period last?
- What is this hard lump in my breast?
- Why are my breasts so small (or big)?
- Why don’t I have pubic hair yet?
- Why haven’t I gotten my period yet?
and many more!
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: Period and Puberty Edition
Issues 1–5 of Girls Only have been compiled into a single volume. The Period and Puberty Edition teaches your daughter everything she needs to know about periods and puberty.
TABLE OF CONTENT
All About Puberty
A to Z on Menstrual Cycle
All About Menstrual Hygiene
Debunking Period Myths
Making Your Own Reusable Pads
This 128 page comic book is available for purchase on Amazon.com
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Meet the Main Characters
Amanda is the main character of this comic series. She is 12 years old, and she just got her first period. Amanda's favorite subjects are Math and Science. Amanda wants to be an engineer.
Sandra is 8 years old and loves to sing. Her favorite subject is computer science, and she will love to be a computer programmer when she is older.
Joshua is Amanda's younger brother. He is 10 years old and loves to dance. Joshua's favorite subject is English, and he loves to be a writer when he grows up.
Joshua is included in "Girls Only" because we believe that boys should learn about periods too. Joshua asks common questions boys ask about periods.
Dr. joy is Amanda's older sister, and she is a medical doctor. She is 28 years old and loves to teach Amanda and her siblings about periods, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health and rights topics.
Mrs. Abigail Coker, fondly called "mom" by her children, is the mother to Amanda, Dr. Joy, Joshua, and Sandra. she is a petty trader and loves her kids so much.
Mr. Coker is the father to Amanda, Dr. Joy, Joshua, and Sandra. he is a banker. His favorite food is rice and chicken stew.
I learnt a lot about periods and what to expect — Oluchi (13 years old, Nigeria)
Editors: Wanjiru Kinuthia, Brenda Jebet Rotich
Illustrator: Chika Nwaogu
Gynaecologist, Medical Consultant: Dr. Jackson Kinyua Mwangi
Author, Artistic Director, and Production Manager: Chika Nwaogu
Project and Research Associate: Betty Bosibori
Our comic books are thoroughly and carefully researched.
Medically Accurate Contents
Our comic books contain medically accurate content vetted by medical professionals.
Why we give free reusable pads with every comic book
Period education for young girls will not solve all of the world’s period-related problems. It will not, for example, address issues such as a lack of access to sanitary products due to financial challenges, and that is why we give free reusable sanitary pads to young schoolgirls as we educate them about periods.
Nevertheless, period education is critical for ensuring that no young girl has to live in fear of dying on her first period, as period education is a key to nurturing confident girls.
Why we made it a series and not a single comic book
A single comic book about periods, puberty, and SRHR topics can be a bulky read. We do not want to choke young schoolgirls with too much information during their first read, so we decided to impart the knowledge bit by bit.
Making it into a series helps keep them in suspense to know more. It gives them the feeling that they are following young Amanda on her period journey, discovering new and intriguing facts about periods with time.
Also, the average length of a comic book is around 25 pages, which is the same for even established comic publishers like Marvel. Though Girls Only is 30 pages long, it is just 23 pages of comic experience.