Girls Empowerment

  • Education
  • Women & Gender
  • Youth
  • Tanzania
This project is led by Hannah Jewess, a Volunteer from Oregon

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The student restrooms at do not have the technology to dispose of female sanitary products. Additionally, girls experience barriers to their secondary education such as decreased self-confidence, menstrual hygiene management, HIV/AIDS and adolescent pregnancy. These issues may be addressed through the construction of an incinerator and a student empowerment seminar to increase student knowledge on personal health and building self-confidence. Anticipated outcomes are a cleaner school environment, a decrease in female students missing school during menstruation, and increased opportunity for girl students to succeed in their education. The main beneficiaries of the project will be the 400 students; the empowerment seminar will have one day for all students and one day for girl students only. Project implementation of the incinerator and will begin July and end September 2019. The implementation will be carried by the project committee of 6 staff members. Three members are primarily focused on the incinerator while the other 3 are responsible for planning and carrying out the empowerment seminar. The girls’ seminar will have a training session on incinerator use. Then the incinerator will be monitored through monthly visual checks by staff and student incinerator monitors will be assigned to ensure its proper use and they will communicate any issues to staff. The local school board is committed to financially supporting maintenance and repairs to the incinerator as needed.

Secondary School staff and officials have a strong desire to create an equal opportunity for girls and boys to receive a secondary education. They agree that providing female students with the means to dispose of menstrual hygiene management products and educating students on topics such as reproductive health are both important as they will serve as steps towards all students receiving the best secondary education possible. The project committee is comprised of the PCV and six school staff members. The committee met April and May of 2019 and plan to meet every two weeks or more when necessary until the completion of the project. The community contribution will be collected by Simkoko and will be through the in-kind contribution of paper, seminar speakers, labor for the incinerator construction, firewood, wood boards, concrete, sand and transport of building materials.

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