Sophie reports on the My Girl project:
We were lucky enough to be able to observe and participate in education sessions for Project My Girl.
Aside from the science, these sessions ironed out the discrepancies between traditional beliefs of menstruation and the truth. It was shocking to learn some of the Malawian traditional myths that the girls originally believed and rewarding to observe them learn the truth and realize menstruation is a natural part of growing up.
Observing the progression in the girl’s knowledge and confidence to speak openly about menstruation was one of the most inspirational things about being part of Project My Girl. It was clear that the sessions had empowered the girls.
We handed out the reusable sanitary packs to each of the girls (three reusable sanitary pads and two pairs of knickers) once the girls had been shown how to use them. Each of the girls were so grateful and excited to receive their own packs and seeing their reaction was a touching experience which will stay with me.