7 Days of Genius Lagos: Empowering Women & Girls

What was the topic of your event?

As part of 7 Days of Genius 2018, Gidi Traffic & Giving Garage held an event that explored climate change; gender equality and how to empower more girls in Nigeria through menstrual health education.

Where was it? How many people attended?

The event was held at the Dustin Estate,  AJEGUNLE IN LAGOS, NIGERIA. There were 85 women and girls, and 8 facilitators who attended.

What new or innovative ideas were discussed or presented?

We discussed and presented on new models of sanitary pads and discussed new “genius” solutions to expanding access for women and girls in rural areas. We got great Ha’s & Wow’s among our audience.

 How does your event contribute to a larger conversation or thinking about a global challenge in a new way?

Gidi Traffic with over 1.4 Million Followers joined forces with Giving Garage’s Pad Man Initiative, World Merit, Hope Inspired Foundation, Africa Clean Up Initiative, Dreams from the Slum and Lots Charity Foundation to draw attention to about 52% Nigeria female population that are of reproductive age & menstruating. Menstruation is a taboo subject in Nigeria. There are over 10 million rural & internally displaced girls & women negatively affected by the lack of access to affordable and available hygienic menstrual materials.

Did your Genius event lead to new activities or opportunities for your community?

It is planned that the project would seek more partnerships  to provide over 500 reusable sanitary pads for internally displaced and rural school girls and women monthly and increase use of healthy materials for menstrual hygiene management. Hopefully, the menstrual hygiene kit would also contain a handbook translated into the major languages to promote awareness and adequate information for mostly Rural Women and Men.

Blog post prepared by Chaste Inegbedion |Chief Responsibility Officer, Giving Garage | Padman Initiative 

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