CROWNED GEMS PROJECT
GHANA DECEMBER 2K17
The most formative years of a girl’s life starts at an immensely vulnerable age. With society’s misconceptions and stigmatisms against these changes, young women are left to fend for themselves and blindly deal with the massive transformation they often are not prepared for.
The Crowned Gems Project recognizes this life-altering period and the need to educate young girls to stand in undivided empowerment about our growing bodies. This is why this project is dedicated to educating and enlightening the youths of Ghana on Menstrual Hygiene.
Starting December of 2017, the Crowned Gems Project launches their initiative to end the incessant cycle of fear and vulnerability as it pertains to our bodies by directly reaching the young women in Ghana to address their concerns and need for Menstrual Hygiene.
According to UNICEF, 1 in every 10 girls, within the continent of Africa, are absent from school for the duration of their menstruation. The study also shows that some girls are even forced to drop out of school due to lack of appropriate facilities to handle their feminine needs.
Ghana is one of the most fast-paced, growing countries within the continent, but young women and children in rural communities are often drastically affected by the lack of resources to cope with their menstrual period. Too often, these deficiencies result in unsanitary conditions that harm the physical health of young girls.
Currently, many girls in poorer socioeconomic environments often use reusable sanitary cloths. Unfortunately, many other girls are not afforded even that privilege. Instead, young girls do not have the opportunity to gain access to a clean piece of sanitary cloth. Living on the streets means they are forced to have their menses for 5-7 days on themselves, with no means to clean their bodies. Even worse, these women face menstrual cramp pains with no access to medicine or health facilities to help them cope.In Ghana, menstrual hygiene remains a topic that is seen as taboo. There is a misconception surrounding a woman’s menses as repulsive and unclean. It is time to eliminate that myth and start a much-needed discussion on fixing menstrual hygiene.
The Crowned Gems Project seeks to impact young girls in Ghana about their imperative need for physical, emotional, and social development. We want to educate our Gems about menstrual hygiene while equipping our Gems with the tools they will need to make them feel empowered and unashamed about their growing bodies.The Crowned Gems Project will organize educational workshops to promote age appropriate conversations to young teens about menstrual hygiene, body image, self-esteem issues, reproductive health, teen pregnancy, and abstinence. In addition to our educational workshops, this project will provide each girl with a Crowned Gem Kit that will include: sanitary pads, cleansing soaps, towels, deodorant, hand sanitizers, shaving sticks, and over the counter medicine for menstrual cramps.
The young girls of Ghana are Crowned Gems that should be protected and treated with dignity. The changes and growth that our bodies undergo should not be seen as a burden, but as a beautiful transition, like diamonds and rubies.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” -Psalms 139: 14