Currently the reality of being on your period, and not having access or knowledge of sanitary products is a reality women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa are facing every month and it is causing girls to miss twenty percent of their school year. The fact that girls are missing twenty percent of their year to not offend or be humiliated by their male teachers and peers, or because they don’t have the education background or facilities to maintain menstrual health management, isn’t a statistic that fits in with the modernizing global standards. We want to raise awareness to help keep girls in Tanzania in school, for them to have the opportunity to say they are here when their name is called out for attendance every morning, for teachers to be to mark “She’s here”.
We are so passionate about the work we are doing for She’s Here, which stemmed from our Founder, Ella, who learned of this problem in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where she saw it first hand. This is when her life was forever changed. She met students and teachers at St. Augustine English Medium Primary School in Dar es Salaam, where she learned that girls were missing five days of school every month because menstruation is so stigmatized in the region. This was if they weren’t dropping out of school altogether by the time they began menstruating. These smiling girls she was face to face with at this school stayed home to not offend or be humiliated by their male teachers and peers, and so that they don’t bleed through their school or work clothes.
The facts are simple, 15% of girls in Tanzania aged 7-13 are out of school. 76% of girls in Tanzania aged 14-19 are out of school. It’s systematic. An educated girl adds to a country’s GDP, and is essential for lifting her, her family and her community out of poverty. This is why we started She’s Here!
Empowered Women, Empower Women.
We believe that our target market is empowered women in the States who believe in equal access to education around the world, women that believe in making a difference. It is time for this conversation to be had, it’s time to give women everywhere the respect and dignity they deserve. That being said, that is why we partnered with Masaa, a Maasai Jewelry Business in Tanzania, to create a red beaded bracelet with white beads that say She’s Here, our brand bracelet.
This is the fuel behind She’s Here. A venture that starts with a handmade bracelet from Masaa, in which proceeds will support the purchase of Kilipads local made sanitary napkins and girls education about menstruation.
We want girls everywhere to have the opportunity to say they are here when their name is called out for attendance every morning, and I want to raise awareness to this problem all over the country.