JKUAT’s Law students held a wellness event for young girls and women drawn from the Mukuru kwa Njenga slums, in honour of the International Girls’ Day. The clinic staged in partnership with the Nivalishe Pad Initiative on Sunday, October 9, 2022 provided a conducive platform for discussions on reproductive rights, sexual offences and gender-based violence. The participants were also provided with sanitary towels.
JKUAT law clinic lead, Irene Makau, a third year Law student, lauded the Nivalishe Pad Initiative team for their efforts in helping young girls access quality menstrual products noting that more still needed to be done in terms of reaching others who are in a similar situation.
The collaboration, she said, is part of an outreach community programme by the clinic in efforts to change people’s lives for the better; especially those who cannot access important basic commodities and services through meaningful partnerships.
“As a clinic we hope to change people’s lives through partnering with like-minded organizations. We believe concerted efforts will have a far-reaching effect,” stated Ms. Makau.
According to the Nivalishe Pad Initiative, Executive Director, Ms. Rehema AbdulRazak only 35% of women and girls are able to access basic sanitary pads which is a major drawback in terms of addressing poor menstrual hygiene.
As a consequence, Ms. AbdulRazak said, this leads to girls relying on men for sanitary products and some girls engaging in transactional sex in order to secure the products thus perpetuating a patriarchal cycle of reliance and exploitation.
“This initiative aims to provide good quality pads to women and girls in informal settlements free of charge as way of giving back to the community,” asserted Ms. AbdulRazak.
She also thanked the JKUAT students for providing critical advice to the girls, saying it would go a long way in them understanding their rights.