For many women around the world, menstruation can be a humiliating or physically painful experience because they don’t have any resources to help manage their flow.
According to the Days for Girls website, for many young women in rural areas or developing countries, getting their period forces them to miss school or prevents them from graduating. Worse, in some isolated areas menstruation can lead to death, the website reports.
In response to this, Days for Girls, Women 2 Be and other organizations are offering resources to women. The local branch of the Relief Society, a women’s organization that is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is contributing to the cause.
Esther Brunette, a member of the local branch of the Relief Society, said the group got together May 16 at the church and sewed 373 flannel liners that women can use during their periods. Brunette said the liners can be washed and reused. The liners were donated to Days for Girls and Women 2 Be and will be delivered to communities in Nepal, Argentina, Kenya and Zambia.
Brunette said the Relief Society was looking for a service project and was attracted to the work done by Days for Girls and Women 2 Be.
“As women we really understand how this effects every girl,” she said. “There’s a stigma regarding discussion of reproductive health … (but) it’s something that needs to be addressed.”
Brunette said the local branch will continue to support these womens organizations.
“This will be an ongoing project,” she said.
Brunette said the local branch has 200 members and the group has done a lot for the community. Every year, she said they donate clothing and supplies for children in foster care and nursing homes. They also provide food donations and educational services.
The group is open to everybody and it meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at the White Rock Ward at 366 Grand Canyon.