Lack of access to menstrual health products, education and supportive policy environments contribute to school and workplace absenteeism and health issues among women and girls in Uganda. Menstruation and menstrual practices are still disquieted by taboos and socio-cultural restrictions resulting in women and girls lacking access to accurate timely puberty and menstrual health information, which can result in adverse health and livelihood outcomes.
Women and girls in Uganda will receive locally produced Smiles Kits that include Smiles washable pads they can count on month after month, along with comprehensive menstrual health education which opens life-changing conversations about dignity and self-worth. Through our advocacy and policy efforts, we create more supportive menstrual environments, opening doors for women and girls to pursue opportunities and achieve their goals.
Our holistic programming impacts women and girls through increased body literacy, body positivity and lasting confidence. Stigma and shame is shattered and menstrual experiences are improved so that women and girls can participate in all spheres of life free from menstrual-related barriers, including school and work. We transform societal attitudes and establish policy frameworks that better support women and girls for generations to come. All Rural Smiles Foundation programming is locally led by leaders in Uganda.