International Day of the Girl Child: WSSCC Members Improve Sanitation for Girls

Date: 11th October 2017

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  • WSSCC promotes Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) as an essential entry point to achieve gender equality, human rights and development
  • WSSCC and its partners do targeted work to improve sanitation and hygiene knowledge and facilities to empower girls to stay in school and live better lives
  • Read inspirational stories from our members in Uganda, Bangladesh, Kenya and Nigeria

Empowering women and girls is at the core of WSSC’s work – we promote safe and appropriate sanitation and hygiene for all, paying particular attention to the needs of women and girls.  Today,  the International day of the Girl Child, we draw your attention to some of our member’s initiatives to improve sanitation and thereby empower girls to live healthier and more productive lives:

Reaching Girls with Sanitation in Uganda– WSSCC’s national coordinator in Uganda, Ms Jane Nabunnya Mulumba works with the National Menstrual Hygiene Management Taskforce to lobby for the integration of MHM in school curricula


How Nupur’s experience turned her into an MHM champion– In Nepal, 17-year old Nupur advocates for MHM education for adolescent girls to break the silence on menstruation. Nupur missed an entire school year because of the shame and taboo associated with periods

Credit: UST

Patricia Mulongo braves a hearing impairment to break the silence on menstruation. Patricia highlights the challenges surrounding menstruation for people with hearing disabilities.  Having trained more than 200 people with disabilities in Kenya, she is determined to leave no one behind

Credit: Patricia Mulongo

A WSSCC member is ending the stigma surrounding menstruation in Nigeria– our member Daniel Iroegbu’s inspirational work is impacting the lives of women and girls in hard-to-reach areas of the country

 Credit: Daniel Iroegbu

Click here to read more about our work on Menstrual Hygiene Management.

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