Keep Our Girls In School

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 are joining forces and raising our voices.


Our Mission Is To Eradicate Period Poverty Globally

Thelma Musanhu

Thelma Musanhu 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.”


Trine Angeline Sig

Trine Angeline Sig 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 1 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.”