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When you buy a CleanCup, you contribute to ensure girls' education and menstrual health.

At any given time, about 300 million people are menstruating. Menstruation keeps girls around the world from engaging in everyday activities such as going to work or school, because many lack what they need to handle menstruation safely and with dignity. On this page you can read more about the challenges associated with menstruation, and how you can contribute to change. 

Period poverty is a global gender equality challenge

Foto: Sofi Lundin

You know when the cramps in the lower abdomen creep in, and the period is not many days away? Maybe you sterilise your CleanCup, or buy some extra tampons to keep in your bag. Some of us make sure to have painkillers in the immediate vicinity. Among the menstruating people in the world, we are a privileged minority who have access to menstrual management at this level. 

Many lack access to the knowledge and physical products they need to manage menstruation safely and with dignity. In fact, at least 500 million women and girls globally lack adequate facilities to maintain good menstrual health.This can have an impact on both physical and mental health, and prevent women and girls from taking part in everyday activities such as work and school when they are menstruating. Some people use improvised alternatives such as dry banana leaves, socks, rags or other textiles or other solutions that involve a risk of infection. 

Menstruation hits hardest in countries where products such as bandages and tampons are most inaccessible. Often these products are unavailable due to price, but it can also be due to other factors, such as geographical distance from stores. The price of one pack of disposable sanitary pads in Zimbabwe, is $5.The price of a coffee on the go, but for families living on less than a dollar a day, it's a big challenge.

Millions of girls in the world miss school because they have their period. Either they quit completely when they reach puberty, or they stay home from school when they menstruate. 

Millions of girls in the world miss school because they have their period. Either they quit completely when they reach puberty, or they stay home from school when they menstruate. 

School and education provide valuable knowledge and skills that create a lasting basis for improving one's own life situation.

That's why it's a gender equality problem that girls miss out on school. When the parents have a job, the children do not have to work. Young girls do not get married at a young age or are sold as slaves. Educated girls will contribute to their local community and to the country's GDP. They will marry later, and have fewer children. They will also experience increased dignity. That is, the daughters of the girls who are educated today can live a completely different life tomorrow.

CleanCup Donasjon (2 stk)

Gi bort et valgfritt antall CleanCup menskopp til noen som trenger det.

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CleanCup Donasjon (2 stk)

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What's been done in Uganda

It was important to find a partner for the project that I had high confidence in, and who already did important work for girls and women. I wanted to ensure the best possible information about CleanCup to the recipients, so I contacted Save the Children Norwaywhere senior adviser Ketil Vaas saw the potential in a collaboration with CleanCup.

Since the spring of 2017, we have been working on this project together. In 2018, we planned the framework for the project, and found our partner Womenaand made everything ready for the pilot project. In 2019, I traveled to Uganda with a load of CleanCups in my suitcase, and it marked the start of the project. During the following year, everything that was done was thoroughly followed up and documented. At two schools, the students received training in menstrual health, and the girls received CleanCup.

Så langt har jenter fra to distrikter i Nord-Uganda fått prøve CleanCup, og responsen har vært positiv. Det femårige Norad-støttede utdanningsprogrammet utvides nå til åtte nye skoler, og i løpet av de kommende årene vil jenter fra distrikter over hele Nord-Uganda ha de rosa koppene hjemme. 

NB – På grunn av koronaviruset, er samarbeidet med Redd Barna nå avsluttet. Vi baserte oss på å reise ned med CleanCupene i koffertene, og nå er all reising satt på vent. Redd Barna vil fortsatt dele ut resten av CleanCupene som allerede er donert, men alle donasjoner som kommer inn videre, går til et nytt prosjekt. Jeg er i gang med å planlegge noe bra, og alle donasjoner vil gå til noen som trenger det. Neste prosjekt blir sannsynligvis i Malawi.

Donasjonsprosjektet – visjonen har hele tiden vært å bidra

CleanCup skal forbedre jenters liv. Ikke bare i Norge, men også i andre deler av verden. Det har vært målet mitt helt siden jeg fikk idéen om CleanCup i 2016. Dette prosjektet virket som et fornuftig sted å begynne på en svimlende stor oppgave. For å holde målet i sikte, skriblet jeg ned dette da CleanCup fortsatt var en tanke:

Visjonen med CleanCup er å kunne bidra til å gi jenter friheten og muligheten til å leve uforstyrret under mensen.
Gjennom å donere bort en CleanCup menskopp per solgte, er målet å:

  • Gi jenter over hele verden best mulig grunnlag for livet videre, blant annet ved å bidra til at de kan fullføre skolegangen, selv etter at de når puberteten
  • Styrke samfunn ved å styrke jenter
  • Hjelpe jenter og kvinner å forstå sin egen kropp bedre, blant annet ved å prate om mens, reproduktiv helse og reproduktive rettigheter

Dette involverer å aktivt bidra med donasjoner til jenter i andre deler av verden, slik at de kan fullføre skolegangen selv etter at de når puberteten.

Vi har nådd 1897 donasjoner av CleanCup til jenter i Uganda!

Med CleanCup kan jenter i Uganda på skolen, selv etter de har fått mensen. Utdanning er veien ut av fattigdom, og derfor er det så viktig for CleanCup å bidra til at jenter ikke må slutte på skolen på grunn av noe som er naturlig for alle kvinner.

Du kan lese mer om prosjektet i denne saken hos Bistandsaktuelt.