Running ladies raise 1000 euro for HIRDA


Ten girls have raised more than 1000 euro for HIRDA by participating in the Hygiene padsRun2Day Ladiesdamloop. On Sunday September 23rd at 15.00 o’clock, ten ladies gathered at the start near Central Station, ready to run 4 miles through Amsterdam in order to support HIRDA. The grant amount will be used for HIRDA’s pilot project of re-usable hygiene pads, which aims to enable teenage girls in Somalia to keep on going to school and get educated.

One of HIRDA’s main goals is to give school-aged children their right to education and to promote equal access for boys and girls. In light of this goal HIRDA will distribute two different hygiene sustainable pads in Abudwak in Somalia. This product is hardly available in the country. A consequence of low access to hygiene pads is that girls often stay at home for five to seven days per month, which has significant negative impact on their performance at school.

The pads which will be tested by the Somali girls to see which product is appreciated best, how sustainable the pads are received by the community and what needs to be done to convince them of the product itself. In addition, a market research will be conducted to see how the community responds to the product. By popularizing the product among the schoolgirls HIRDA hopes to take away any embarrassment about menstruation and hygiene pads. Menstruation is still a taboo topic in Somalia. HIRDA wants to raise awareness to make sure that the community accepts an intervention in this field.


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