Girls Only Comic Series

WHAT MAKES GIRLS ONLY GREAT?

— Well researched and medically accurate contents
— Based on real-life experiences
— Designed for Boys Too!
— Fun for school girls and comfortable for parents and teachers 

— Ending Period Stigma one comic at a time —

Story Editors

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.

E: rotich@padher.org

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.

E: kinuthia@padher.org

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 and puberty.

Its beautiful illustrations and cartoon characters make talking about periods easy and pleasant for parents and teachers. Girls Only make learning about periods and puberty fun for young schoolgirls.

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 to learn about periods and puberty!

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, 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
First Period
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

Sponsor a Young Schoolgirl

Sponsor a young schoolgirl today. Help one young African schoolgirl in an underserved community learn about periods and get 3 free reusable sanitary pads plus a period bracelet for just $7.50.
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Are you an organization who desire copies of our comic book for humanitarian work, shoot us a message via info@padher.org. We would love to hear from you.

WE HAVE IMPACTED 1600+ YOUNG AFRICAN SCHOOLGIRLS AND HOPE TO IMPACT 10,000+ MORE BY 2023
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Meet the Main Characters

Amanda

Amanda is the main character of this comic series. She is 12 years old, and she just got her first period. Amanda has two siblings — Joshua and Sandra, and her favorite subjects are Math and Science. Amanda wants to be an engineer.

Sandra

Joshua is Amanda's younger brother. He is 10 years old and loves to dance. Joshua's favorite subject is English, and he will love to be a writer when he grows up.

Joshua

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

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 and puberty.

Mom

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.

Dad

Mr. Coker is the father to Amanda, Dr. Joy, Joshua, and Sandra. he is a banker. His favorite food is rice and chicken stew.

Kids Say!

I learnt a lot about periods and what to expect — Oluchi (13 years old, Nigeria)

Credits

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: Sheila Omondi

Well-researched

Our comic books are thoroughly or carefully researched.

Medically Accurate Contents

Our comic books contain medically accurate contents vetted by medical doctors.

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 and puberty can be very bulky. We do not want to choke young schoolgirls with a lot of information on their first read, about periods. We want to impart this knowledge bit by bit. We want to keep them in suspense to know more. It gives them the feeling like 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, this is true for even established comic publishers like Marvel. Though Girls Only is 30 pages long, it is just 23 pages of comic experience.