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Gender Equality, Female Sanitation

Female Sanitation and Hygiene - Malawi

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Why Sanitation?

There are many problems associated with limited female hygiene and sanitation. Lack of sufficient education around periods creates a culture of shame, which at best, creates awkwardness and at worst, is outright dangerous. Women often withdraw from everyday activities as a result of this shame. Women rarely get any education about menstruation and conversations tend to be very limited due to the taboo nature of the topic. Sourcing female hygiene products can often be uncomfortable and dangerous for women.

The Female Sanitation and Hygiene project aims to address several issues:

  1. Inadequate hygiene practices leading to reproductive diseases and other health problems
  2. Difficulties in accessing affordable sanitary products
  3. Social isolation and missing out on education
  4. Lack of sustainable livelihood
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Adopted Experiment

Lean Phase:  Customer Segment Question:  Does the target beneficiary recognise that they have the problem we are trying to solve? Who could be our early adopters? Purpose:  To validate our assumed early adopters. Assumptions: Our assumed early adopters* are: Mothers (for their children and themselves) Married women Single women *NOTE: we are unable to focus directly on girls under 18 years of age due to ethical considerations and until they have been addressed legally...

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This experiment will be conducted in conjunction with "Customer Segment" Lean Phase:  Problem Question:  Are women in urban-rural communities of Malawi prepared to talk about menstruation? What are the challenges they identify? What is their perception of how it affects their ability to learn in and contribute to their community? Purpose:  Empathise with customer segments to define the problem. Assumptions: Women do not have access to adequate education around female...

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See blog post:  https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/blogpost/1382780  for the three reasons it is our obligation to see this project happen and greater context how this came to be.  Problem Affordable sanitation options are not available, causing women to miss work/school and creating a dangerous environment for them to access these products; Education around sanitation is limited by the taboo of the topic and creates a fog of uncertainty about safe sanitation practices; Women are...

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