The introduction of menstrual cups in schools in Zimbabwe reduce school absence rates

Menstrual Cup Coalition member The Beatrice Project are helping teenage girls in rural Zimbabwe stay in education by providing menstrual products including menstrual cups.

When they began their project in Matabeleland South, Zimbabwe in 2015, they provided schoolgirls with single-use menstrual pads. The project then moved on to washable pads, made by the girls.

At first when menstrual cups were introduced, there was some cultural reserve. But by involving the local elders, teachers and community leaders, menstrual cups were soon accepted.

 ‘Cups are now the preferred means of menstrual protection and loved by the schoolgirls. The take up at the latest of our schools to join was 100%!’

says Sue Hutchinson, founder of The Beatrice Project.

Now also working in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe with the Ntombi Nto Girl Child Network Trust, over 900 Viva Lily (formerly Butterfly) cups have been distributed in 15 schools. The rate of absence due to periods in these schools, has fallen from 95% to 5%.

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~ The Ndebele word for menstrual cup is  ‘yendlovu’ and in Shona it is ‘chikombe’. ~