Girls Deserve Dignity


Girls at Shalom Primary with their sanitary packs

It is easy to take feminine hygiene for granted when products are relatively inexpensive and accessible. But in developing countries, feminine hygiene products are not only expensive, but typically completely unobtainable for most women. Without available feminine supplies, girls miss school, miss work and go without income, and are homebound for days, every single month.

Days for Girls, an international respected non-profit organisation, helps women and girls discover their potential and self-value by ensuring quality sustainable feminine hygiene, and Tandum in partnership with Bandicute Designs is working together on a partnership campaign to make change for young girls in regional Kenya.

During the month of June, Bandicute Designs will be producing limited edition Shibori scarves, with every scarf sold providing a sustainable and quality sanitary kit to a young girl in Kenya.

"It is easy to forget sometimes that girls around the world don't have access to something so basic as feminine hygiene supplies,” states Ruth Rowlands, Tandum Co-Founder and Director Australia. “this often keeps young girls and women from their everyday activities, especially school. When a girl is born into poverty and doesn’t have access to education, her future can be limited. But as she receives a Days for Girls kit, the whole progression of her future changes as she is able to go to school, work, not limited by her opportunities. Educating girls enables them to lift themselves out of poverty and their future families and communities benefit from this as well, possibly changing the cycle of poverty in one generation"

The vision for Days for Girls is inspiring. The non-profit wants to ensure that every girl and woman in the world has access to quality sustainable hygiene and health education by 2022.​ This is a huge goal , but one that is incredibly exciting and empowering.

It has been reported by Days for Girls that young women are using mattress stuffing, corn husks, leaves, newspaper, and other materials for feminine hygiene. Ruth says “ This is not only heartbreaking, it is unsafe. We have partnered with Days for Girls in the past and are excited to partner again this time with Bandicute Designs to provide as many kits as we can to the communities Tandum is currently working with in regional Kenya.”

Every element in a Days for Girls kit is specially designed with feedback from the girls that use them, and includes items like fabric shields, liners, panties, wash clothes, soap, instructions, and a beautiful drawstring bag that can also be used for school work. The kits are designed to last three years and provide dignity and freedom to girls around the world.

Jessica Dyne, Owner and Director of Bandicute Designs states “ we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with TANDUM and support and empower young Kenyan female students and to provide valuable training for local Kenyan business women. Every woman deserves dignity.”

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