Just Like all Other 7 Year Old’s

Just Like all Other 7 Year Old’s

I was just about 7, attending my last class for the day, when the class teacher unceremoniously announced to the class that all school girls were needed outside for a meeting.  We were bundled up, all junior girls to the seniors, for a plenary session where some...
Why Still the Menstrual Stigma?

Why Still the Menstrual Stigma?

A product based solution will not end the menstrual stigma. An integrated approach to the Menstrual Hygiene Management agenda is key to effective implementation. My name is Dinah Muthuka, the Founder & CEO at Young Jewels Foundation. It has been a great journey...
No Courage for the Right Words

No Courage for the Right Words

New words were such a thing during those days! Imagine experiencing your menarche (First occurrence of menstruation.) and the only people around believe that menstruation is a taboo! That might have actually been me. My name is Charity Githae and I am a volunteer and...
Menarche is Here for Sheila

Menarche is Here for Sheila

Sheila is a Class 6 primary school girl from one of the rural areas in Kenya. Just like any other young girl, she has stellar ambitions, to work hard and make it someday.  But her dream is at risk: she just began her menses. Sounds not a big issue?  Yeah, for you and...
Not a Death Sentence. Period!

Not a Death Sentence. Period!

Menstruation should not feel like a death sentence; neither should it be a limit to any woman’s or girl’s dreams. It is a phase in life that should be embraced just like any other. My name is Branice Adisa, a Change Champion at Young Jewels Foundation. Being part of...
An Ineffable Kind of Joy

An Ineffable Kind of Joy

Growing up in an urban area blinded me from the level of privilege I had experienced during menarche in comparison to my peers who grew up in the rural areas. Fate had it all figured out; I came across the Young Jewels Foundation. I had an epiphany and in an instant,...