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Around the world, individuals face barriers to receiving a quality education because they lack access to affordable and hygienic menstrual products, adequate WASH facilities, and menstrual health education.
The Pad Project’s mission is to create and cultivate local and global partnerships to end period stigma and to empower women and all menstruators worldwide.
Creating a menstrual equity movement
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The Pad Project partners with local organizations and grassroots NGOs to fund the placement of pad machines, implement reusable cloth pad-making programs, and run menstrual hygiene management workshops in communities around the world. We work with our partners to tailor each program to the specific menstrual health needs of each community.
Our programs are intended to ensure women, girls, and all menstruators feel comfortable and confident during their periods, which in turn will make them more likely to advocate for themselves, excel in school, and start conversations about menstruation that may mitigate societal stigma. In our U.S. based initiatives, we focus on all menstruators, but internationally, the beneficiaries of our initiatives are mostly cisgender women and girls.
The pad machines we place in communities are easy to operate, use locally-sourced natural resources to function, and require minimal electricity. The reusable cloth pad-making programs use local materials to produce menstrual hygiene kits that can last for 2 to 4 years.
Menstrual equity cannot be achieved through one machine, or even many. We take a multi-pronged approach to achieving menstrual equity by combining pad machines or reusable cloth pad-making programs with community partnerships, sexual and reproductive health education, and domestic advocacy work.
Please Note: Not all women menstruate, and not all menstruators are women. At The Pad Project, we are dedicated to supporting all menstruators, and we want to make sure our fight for menstrual equity is gender inclusive. We use the term “menstruators” to refer to all people who experience menstruation, including cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, and genderfluid individuals. However, we as an organization are still learning and growing, and we welcome all feedback. If you see a way for us to be more inclusive, let us know at email@example.com!
Around the world 2.3 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services.1
A REVOLUTIONARY MACHINE
Arunachalam Muruganatham invented a machine that manufactures sanitary pads out of natural, locally-sourced materials at a low cost—just 5 cents per unit.2 His work inspired us to help expand access to menstrual products and menstrual health management education worldwide.
LAUNCHING A MOVEMENT
With the support of family and friends, we created the 2019 Academy Award-winning Netflix Documentary Short, Period. End of Sentence., to dispel the stigma surrounding menstruation. The documentary demonstrates the power of education and the impact of launching a microeconomy.
Today the movement continues beyond the screen as The Pad Project works to increase access to menstrual supplies and menstrual hygiene management education throughout the world. So far The Pad Project has installed 6 pad machines, implemented a reusable cloth pad-making program, and provided several grassroots organizations with microgrants to purchase menstrual supplies in bulk.
We're stronger together
We are ready to give this project everything we have, but we know we can’t do it alone.