To us, innovation is a 12 year old girl with access to a sanitary pad.
We are passionate about ensuring no women is isolated or disadvantaged because of their period.
In rural Kenya today 65% of women are unable to afford sanitary products and are thus forced to dangerously engage in transactional sex with older men or are resorting to unhygienic alternatives. School girls with a lack of income and lack of awareness surrounding menstruation will often drop out of school as a result severely hampering their life prospects. After seeing these difficulties first hand we set up an Enactus project, Lilypads.
We then began research in our hometown, Edinburgh.
In doing so we realised that period poverty and stigma are prevalent here. We are in the process of developing a reusable sanitary pad and menstrual health education model with Liverpool University
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