Keep A Girl in School (Kagis) is aimed at improving Menstrual Health Management among primary and secondary school going adolescent girls and young women. The campaign targets to support all vulnerable girls in school with pads to improve school retention and promote good menstrual hygiene management practices.
Menstruation is an integral and normal part of human life, indeed of human existence. Menstrual hygiene is fundamental to the dignity and wellbeing of women and girls and an important part of the basic hygiene, sanitation and reproductive health services to which every woman and girl has a right (SNV 2015). Women and girls in rural settings and in particular girls in schools suffer most from stigma and lack of services and facilities to help them cope with the physical and psychological pains they undergo during their menstrual periods.
Currently the means of coping for girl pupils is the use of manufactured or self-made sanitary towels using cotton wool, old cloth, dirty napkins and other un-hygienic materials.
These practical gender and strategic gender problems present negative impacts to girls in their personal lives and development opportunities: restrictions on schooling and mobility, increased fears and tensions, early marriage and potential vaginal infections resulting in the worst case in infertility. There is therefore need to improve menstrual hygiene management to keep girls in school giving them the opportunity to study well, make better choices later in life that affect their well-being and livelihoods.
Purpose of the campaign
The purpose of this campaign is therefore to increase government and community efforts to keep girls in school.
To raise public awareness on the value of girl child education
To increase resource allocation to girl child education.