Human rights are rights that every human being has by virtue of his or her human dignity.
Menstruation is essentially related to human dignity when school girls cannot access sanitary pads, safe bathing facilities, safe and effective means of managing their menstrual hygiene, they are not able to manage their menstruation with dignity.
This leads to unnecessary absenteeism or eventual school drop outs which altogether translate into exclusion and shame to undermine the principle of human dignity.
Gender inequality, extreme poverty, humanitarian crises and harmful traditions can all turn menstruation into a time of deprivation and stigma, which can undermine their enjoyment of fundamental human rights. This is true for most of girls in Ugandan schools who menstruate.
Over the lifetime of a person who menstruates, they could easily spend three to eight years menstruating, during which they might face menstruation-related exclusion, neglect or discrimination.
LIDEISA works to protect especially school girls’ fundamental human rights. Through LIDEISA Pads Girls’ Education for Global Goals (LIGEGG) campaign, the organization holistically address menstrual hygiene management needs in schools.
LIDEISA tackles myths, misconceptions, misinformation, and negative cultural attitudes associated with menstruation often perpetrated by boys and male teachers by engaging and sensitizing them to support girls and not mocking them.
We tackle information gap through provision of right information/education to different stakeholders and take on stigma and shame that surround menstruation periods. LIDEISA also donate LIDEISA reusable sanitary pads among school girls to fix the issue of lack of access to sanitary pads.
Through this LIGEGG campaign, we aim at curbing school girls’ absenteeism attributed to menstruation.