AFAWI holds female and male sexual health workshops separately for adolescent youth. The workshops focus on sexual maturation, healthy menstrual hygiene management and the issues of HIV/AIDS and to provoke open discussion. The aim of the workshops are to increase awareness and knowledge, increase girls attendance rate, reduce teen pregnancy and STDs and improve gender equality.
SANITARY PADS AND MENSTRUAL CUPS
Female adolescent students are provided with sanitary pads or a menstrual cup. The goal is for students not to feel menstration is a barrier to attending school.
AFAWI builds toilets, sinks and sanitary pad infirmaries. Many school in Ghana do not have adequate washrooms, limiting girls from attending school while they are menstruating, The sanitary pad infirmaries provide sanitary disposal of menstrual materials.
BUILD SANITARY FACILITIES
The empowering Girls project goal is to promote bridging the gender gap and promote girl students the equal opportunity to finish school.
The project began in 2009 in partnership with the Government of Canada.
AFAWI’s research found that very few female students were using safe and hygienic menstrual management practices and were often using toilet roll or used cloth while menstruating. Once the girls were supplied with sanitary pads or menstrual cups and washroom facilities were upgraded, the adolescent students were able to safely manage their periods with increased comfort and privacy.
AFAWI highly promotes menstrual cups in communities because it is not only environmentally sustainable but can be used for 10 years with no added cost. It can be worn up to 12 hours allowing female students to only think about their studies while in school.
As a result, the attendance rate of the girls improved. AFAWI led workshops for both male and female students to improve understanding of sexual maturation, healthy menstrual management and the issues of HIV/AIDS to provoke open discussion. Students are then asked to share the information with their peers and community. The peer educators receive ongoing support and monitoring by AFAWI.
Over 942 students have participated in the Empowering Girls project.
In 2018, the Alliance for African Women Initiative distributed 142 reusable sanitary kits and educated young girls on menstrual hygiene management in three schools located in Tongo, Talensi District in the Upper East Region of Ghana.