Combatting Menstrual Stigma Through Female-Centred Permaculture Gardens
- Sustainable Development Goal :5 - Gender Equality
- Gender Equality Marker :Gender Transformative (GE3)
- Testing Country :Uganda
- Testing Period :11 months
- Amount :$159,792
This innovative solution tested a Female-Centered Permaculture Garden as a unique and effective way of combatting menstrual stigma and increasing female empowerment. Local experts taught permaculture to participants through a female lens to address girls’ menstrual health and hygiene needs. Each crop planted was tied to lessons focused on female health, anatomy, and experience. Boys and girls participated in learning how to create reusable menstrual pads using banana fibre grown from the gardens—providing a more sustainable and empowering way of ensuring women and girls have access to supplies and undermining the narrative that menstrual supplies should be hidden. Girls of Tomorrow’s objective is to improve girls’ psychological health (increased self-esteem and confidence), physical health (increased nutrition), school attendance rates and rates of social participation, all of which will increase their ability to participate equally in society.