Partnership Spotlight: This is L.
September 2020 marked another year of a beautiful partnership between Days for Girls and This Is L.: a mission-driven period care company dedicated to advancing menstrual equity and accessibility for all..
With their support, we expanded our global footprint and distributed more than 7,000 DfG Kits (plus 100 education workshops) in six countries!
That means 7,000 women and girls now have what they need to manage menstruation effectively, confidently and with dignity – during one of the most challenging times in recent history. L.’s significant grant in 2020 allowed us to lift up local leaders, build enterprise capacity and strengthen our monitoring systems for even greater impact around the world.
Here’s a glimpse of what L.’s generosity brought to life in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, Lebanon and South Africa last year:
When COVID-19 hit Zimbabwe, menstruators and their families were left reeling. Severe lockdowns restricting citizen’s movements and border closures destroyed the economy and drove up the cost of basic goods, forcing tens of thousands into poverty. Thankfully, funding from L. allowed DfG Zimbabwe to meet this urgent need! They distributed 1,000 DfG Kits and countless face masks to menstruators in remote areas including Victoria Falls, Harere, Jambezi, Mvuthu and Ndlovu Villages – all while sustaining DfG enterprises and sewists through the pandemic’s turmoil.
Last summer, two explosions rocked the port of Beirut – displacing an estimated 84,000 people into settlements and shelters, where basic necessities were scarce. Meanwhile, widespread inflation from the pandemic and a national economic crisis ravaged the rest of the country, pushing vulnerable women and girls (like those in refugee camps) deeper into period poverty.
DfG Lebanon knew they had to act quickly. Bolstered by funds from L. that purchased 500 Kits, they launched a first-of-its-kind emergency humanitarian response in partnership with DfG Chapters and Teams that prioritized menstrual health. All together, this campaign reached a total of 22,815 menstruators in Beirut and in Syrian/Palestinian refugee camps with DfG Kits, face masks and other emergency supplies.
In South Africa, funding from L. helped us co-launch a four-year program that will measure the impact of washable pads in low-income schools. In partnership with youth-focused development organization MIET Africa, we’re set to distribute 1,500 DfG pads and education in 270 schools across three provinces this year. Not only will this exciting project bring menstrual care to students who need it most, but it’s also a unique opportunity to make the case for washable period products nationwide (by providing lawmakers with much-needed concrete data).
Incarcerated women face multiple barriers to managing menstruation with dignity. In Uganda, Days for Girls launched a campaign to serve this vulnerable (and often overlooked) group in women’s prisons across the country, starting with 2,200 DfG Kits and masks delivered to Kigo Women’s Prison and Butuntuula Prison. Our efforts couldn’t have come at a better time: with COVID-19 isolating inmates from their support systems, many were forced to cut up bedsheets to manage their periods. The women were so grateful for our help during this dire time, and we couldn’t have done it without L.!