Best Ideas 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Operation Pad a Girl
Published on May 20, 2021 um 01:00
Explain your idea in details:
In Nigeria, sanitary pads costs an average of $1.40 per pack, while most families live below the poverty threshold of $1.20 per day. The high cost of sanitary pads in Nigeria have made them inaccessible for poor girls. In some situations, girls face sexual abuse in their quest for money to buy sanitary pads. Menstruation is a dream-killer for most girls, as they are unable to attend school during menstruation. On the other hand, those who cannot afford a good menstrual pad, rely on old rags and tissue papers as alternatives. There is no denying the detrimental health impacts faced by poor girls and women due to these unhygienic practices. Girls are forced to miss out on school (3-5 days) when they menstruate because they cant afford sanitary towels during their period. The Operation-Pad-A-Girl project aims to curb this ugly trend by providing free sanitary pad kits, training young women on how to use sanitary pads and reinforce the confidence of girls to be proud of their menstrual cycle. Other expected impacts of this project include: Girls will not have to miss school simply because they are menstruating. Girls should feel free and comfortable even during their menstruation period. Reduced incidence of rape and abuse among poor school girls who search for money to purchase menstrual hygiene materials; Increased girls presence and concentration in school activities; Reduced incidence of disease and death from unhygienic menstrual practices among girls; Increased knowledge of menstrual hygiene management among the younger generation, who would serve as change agents in their communities. And Facilitate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 in Nigeria.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
SDG 5: Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. One of the most important SDGs menstrual hygiene addresses given its cross-cutting nature, is the impact it has on gender equality. As it connects to SDG 4, girls who are more educated, confident, and focused on creating a better life for themselves, families and communities are more likely to challenge gender stereotypes and norms. SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure access to water and sanitation for all. This outlines the need to provide sanitation facilities and encourage hygiene at every level.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
#OperationPadAGirl initiative is a long-term project that accommodates partnerships from relevant stakeholders and renowned corporate bodies, hence I will make it a yearly proposal sets to seek out sponsorship that will help in the continuity of the project Continuous development of existing menstrual hygiene & educational materials be made available through partnership with other foundations. Enhanced media publicity to promote and sustain the initiative.
I am a youth that grew up where i was living from hand to mouth, i have seen the other side of life and wish to change the narrative and the story of my community. I choosed to be a youth worker and a Children Minister because i believe it is one of the most powerful tool i can use to add value to the upcoming generation. I have been able to help cope some challenges using my talent and skills and hope to do more in the nearest future.
Stage of Idea