Gospel artist and TV host has decided to start a free girl- pads project. This comes out of her explained awful experience during the age and the challenge that comes with lacking pads.
Let’s do a fact check just to explain how important what Kambua is doing:
Did you know…
- That many girls in Kenya from poor families lack access to sanitary pads.
- That the poverty cycle in Kenya can be broken when girls stay in school.
- Poor Kenyan girls who cannot afford pads resort to unhygienic and unsafe solutions.
- 50% of girls in Kenyan slums engage in transactional sex or are sexually exploited to get money for basic feminine supplies like pads hence the risk of STIs and HIV.
- Alternatively, others miss school, sports, friends and relationships altogether to avoid embarrassment from bloodstained clothes.
- School absenteeism is a major risk factor to the education of girls in Kenya.
- A girl child with lack of access to menstrual products faces emotional and psychological stress.
Aha! Y'all were not ready😅 Good morning😘 So this is some of my paraphernalia😅.My little stash of menstrual necessities. When the same "stuff" was spread out on my bed by my mom many years ago I felt- embarassed, overwhelmed, and very uncomfortable. Honestly it took me years to accept that the menstrual cycle is a NORMAL, and very NATURAL occurence. I now see that the feelings of shame are a result of negative cultural views. I know now that even though it may be a little messy, painful and in some ways inconvenient, it is definitely nothing to be embarassed about. Through #Always4thegirl, I've heard of heartbreaking stories of girls who miss schools days because of the fear that periods bring- fear of #staining and being mocked. Some of these girls cannot afford sanitary towels or even panties. So they stay home and make do with cotton wool, toilet paper, pieces of cloth, etc. I don't know about you but I constantly have people reaching out to me asking me to donate sanitary towels. I now see it as an opportunity to #dignify our girls. Jump on it. Buy an extra pack of pads. Normalize these conversations; let us not have them in hushed tones. Let every girl understand that women across the world have walked the same path. So, if I gave you a chance to partner with me would you? #dignifyourgirls #Iamaboutwomenandgirls #WeSeeEqual #changethenarrative #ToAfricaandtheworld #IamKenyan🇰🇪
Kambua wrote a long post where she poured out her heart. In her post, she’s giving a testimony of how her first time encounter with the sanitary towels was embarrassing.
Kambua revealed how difficult it was for her to learn about sanitary towels. Sharing similar experiences as many girls do, the pretty singer wants to dignify the stigma of menstrual periods can bring and offer pads to girls who are not in a position to access one.