The Issue



The function that makes life, as we know it, possible. Although periods are a sign of a healthy woman, for many they are also the cause of major economic set back.

Did You Know?

88% of women and girls do not have access to proper menstrual health products

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    Effects from Lack of Menstrual Health Products and Education
  • Currently, 1 in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their periods due to lack of proper menstrual health products, education, and waste disposal which in turn greatly increases drop out rates.

  • A 2015 study showed that 1 in 10 Kenyan girls by the age of 15 had been coerced to engage in sexual activity in exchange for menstrual hygiene products. This greatly increases the risk of contracting HIV and STIs

    Sexual Violence
  • Dropping out of school has been linked directly to increased instance of domestic violence.

    Domestic Violence
  • When girls attend school, they are likely to marry later and have fewer children. Dropping out of school significantly increases the probability of child marriage.

    Child Marriage
  • Child marriage leads to an increased instances of maternal death due to underdeveloped reproductive systems and increased complications during pregnancy

    Maternal Mortality

Did You Know?

A girl absent from school due to menses for 4 days a month loses the equivalent of 2 weeks of  learning in every school term. In one year, a girl loses 39 learning days, the equivalent to 6 weeks of learning time.

RBA (2011), Financial Sector Regulators put smiles on girls’ faces by distributing free reusable sanitary towels to two Kwale schools

Our mission is to give women and girls the tools and knowledge they need to understand how powerful they are! The Oyana International Women’s Health and Empowerment Curriculum looks to not only educate, but to enable women to reach their full potential.

Leah Ellis, Founder and Executive Director 

Oyana International, Inc.

Strengthening Communities Through Gender Equality

We are are 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 84-1763792

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