We are two women with different backgrounds and geographical locations who are driven by the passion to end period poverty.
We believe that unless we give our girls access to education and hygiene products. Period poverty will continue to be a major obstacle, hindering our girls from realizing their full potential.
We can and will not sit by and watch period poverty continue which is why we joined forces and are raising our voices.
Thelma learned about the product through her work with the energy globe award and she contacted Trine shortly afterwards.
Is a 47 year old woman from Kolding, Denmark. In 2014 she founded the company real relief with Torben Holm Larsen and since then they have delivered more than one million intelligent sanitary pads to girls and women in need, contributing to infection-free and eco friendly periods worldwide.
"When i started developing solutions for menstrual health, i found that in many places around the world, myths and taboos surrounding menstruation have unfortunate consequences, sometimes making girls and women stay home from school or work during their period. One of the causes is lack of access to sanitary pads, educational information and/or proper sanitation. The reusable sanitary pad addresses part of this problem and Safepad™ offers a sterile and durable solution. It is an innovative product that prevents infections while it will also help to prevent the social isolation of girls and women in third-world countries."
Is a 33 year old woman from Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe.
Through her work with Energy globe award, she has had the opportunity to learn about new innovative sustainable technology and products such as Safepad™, which she believes will help transform the lives of many girls in need of infection-free and sustainable hygiene products while keeping them in school for all the days of their period.
"I thrive on introducing the world to sustainable technology and products that will help to alleviate poverty in many aspects of life. Often without campaigns and a reach out to stakeholders, the technology and products would remain hidden. The campaigns serve the purpose to help communities in need. Back in 2009, when i was a schoolteacher in a rural farm community, the signs of period poverty were there right in front of me. However I failed to identify the problem. Now i recall how a handful of girls would miss school, sometimes 3 or even 4 days every month. We scolded them and we never bothered making them feel that they could confide in us about the real reason for missing school. With the growing interest in period poverty topics, I understand why the girls sometimes missed school and how they must have felt. I know this one truth; We are the solution to period poverty and we have always been the solution.
We dream of a world where periods do not set limitations but instead beomce a source of pride. We believe that children are the future and that every child should have access to proper eduvcation, but according to UNESCO many girls in south-eastern asia and sub-saharan african recive less than 6 years of schooling which shows a clear disparity in access to and duration of education according to gender. In line with this most girls from low income areas cannot afford basic hygiene products such as sanitary pads which means that when they hit puberty, going to school will become an obstacle, resulting in regular absence (as much as 20% of a given school year, according to UNESCO) as well as rising dropout rates. We believe that something as natural as a period should not prevent girls from getting an education. When approx. half of the worlds population are governed by restrictions due to biology, we have a responsibility to offer aid and support, where it is needed to ensure equality and education for all.