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How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos

How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com
How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com

Period taboos and lack of access to proper menstrual hygiene products continue to be major challenges for girls and women in Nigeria.

However, the Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI) is making a significant impact by empowering girls through skills training on reusable pads. By combating period poverty through skills development and providing access to sustainable hygiene solutions, BBYDI is working to break the cycle of menstrual inequality in local communities.

In Nigeria, a country where period taboos and menstrual inequality persist, the BBYDI is making a significant impact by empowering girls to fight against these social barriers.

How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com
How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com

Through their innovative skills training on reusable pads, BBYDI is addressing the issue of period poverty and breaking the cycle of menstrual inequality in local communities.

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Period poverty is a pervasive problem that affects millions of women and girls worldwide. In Nigeria, the lack of access to safe and hygienic menstrual products is particularly alarming, especially in rural areas where resources are scarce.

According to reports, around 500 million people who menstruate experience period poverty every month, highlighting the urgent need for sustainable solutions.

How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com
How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com

The cost of single-use sanitary pads, which can amount to an average of N1,200 per month, is often out of reach for many girls and women in Nigeria. This economic barrier not only jeopardizes their health but also results in missed education opportunities, social stigma, and decreased productivity.

The training program focusing on women and girls in Kwara State is making a significant impact by empowering 400 individuals between the ages of 13 to 45 in 8 different communities.

Through the initiative, women and girls are being educated on creating reusable sanitary pads using hand machines, which they can then sell to other females in neighboring communities. This not only provides a sustainable solution to period poverty but also creates economic opportunities for the women involved.

Specifically, the communities of Elemere, Gaa Alaanu, Asomu, Eyenkorin, and Gerewu have seen positive results from the program, with over 200 individuals being sensitized and 197 women and girls receiving training on making reusable pads.

How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com
How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com

The evidence of impact is clear in the increased awareness and skills among the beneficiaries, demonstrating the effectiveness and reach of the initiative in addressing period poverty at a grassroots level. Through partnerships and continued support, similar programs could be scaled up to benefit even more communities in Nigeria.

The Padded Girl Project, led by Mrs. Alabi Omolara Olutayo, has been making a significant impact since its inception on November 16th. The project, which ran until February, focused on empowering women and girls in various communities by providing them with hand machines to produce reusable pads.

This not only helped them generate income by reselling the pads, but also addressed the issue of pad poverty. Through interviews with beneficiaries, it became apparent that the training and skill acquisition provided by the project had a positive impact on their lives.

How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com
How Nigeria’s BBYDI is helping girls fight period taboos www.whoownsafrica.com

However, the project faced challenges in reaching a wider audience due to the influence of diverse cultures and traditions. In some communities, menstruation is considered taboo and discussing it openly is frowned upon.

This hindered the project from expanding and reaching more individuals in need. Additionally, inadequate funding for materials limited the project’s reach to a specific state.

Despite these limitations, the project team remains committed to making a difference in the lives of women and girls in Nigeria.

In response to this pressing issue, BBYDI, in collaboration with Webfala Digital Skills Initiative and Girls2women Initiatives Network, launched the padded girl projects to provide girls with the necessary skills and materials to manage their periods effectively.

Through these initiatives, girls are taught how to make and use reusable pads, promoting a more sustainable and affordable approach to menstrual hygiene.


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