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PadHer

location_on Lagos, Nigeria

It's Normal, Period!

PadHer educates and mentors young African schoolgirls from underserved communities on periods and puberty via the use of comic books so that they can effectively manage their periods and build the self-confidence they need to take control of the future and succeed. Every comic book comes with free reusable cloth pads to help fight against period poverty and keep our young girls in school.

HundrED 2023

Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

2021

Established

2.05K

Children/users

2

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
Students
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
Many girls have been forced into period poverty due to financial barriers, stigma, and a lack of education about periods, and Covid-19 has worsened the problem.
Chika Nwaogu, Founder of PadHer

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

One in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their periods to avoid the embarrassment of bleeding through their uniforms. Many drop out of school altogether once they begin menstruating. Should our young girls miss 20% of school days or drop out due to a lack of information or sanitary products?
The plain answer is NO!
There’s already a lot standing in their way
Periods shouldn’t be one of them!

How does your innovation work in practice?

Talking about Periods should never be boring. To effectively teach periods to young school girls, we have to use a medium they find much more appealing; Comic books!

PadHer is making it free, fun, easy, and comfortable to teach young African schoolgirls from underserved communities about periods and puberty using comic books.

Our comic book series "Girls Only" tells the story of a 12-year old African schoolgirl Amanda, who just got her first period. The monthly comic series takes us on young Amanda’s journey to better understanding periods and puberty.

Every copy of our free comic book comes with free sanitary pads to help fight against period poverty. PadHer is constantly visiting schools around Africa, distributing our free comic books to young schoolgirls, and engaging them in a one-hour workshop covering key topics related to periods. All for FREE!

At the end of every period workshop, every schoolgirl who participated is given a certification of participation to celebrate her.

How has it been spreading?

PadHer has reached 4 schools and 12 underserved communities in Africa and distributed over 1600+ free comic books and 4,875+ free reusable sanitary pads. We have impacted 1,625 young schoolgirls and counting!

Our Hybrid Model
PadHer operates as a non-profit organization and as a social enterprise.
As a non-profit, PadHer provides innovative ways to educate young African schoolgirls in underserved communities on periods and puberty while making sanitary pads free and accessible.

On the other hand, as a social enterprise, PadHer makes and sells high-quality, low-cost reusable sanitary pads and comic books. It then uses the profit to help fight period poverty in Africa. Every pad PadHer sells, it donates a free reusable sanitary pad to a young African schoolgirl who can not afford one.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

PadHer visits schools in underserved communities, where it teaches, mentors, and equips young girls to manage their periods effectively. In addition to visiting schools, PadHer is constantly partnering with local NGOs across Africa to bring PadHer to their community. This program is called “Empower Dada”.
If you are a teacher/principal, suggest your school by visiting https://padher.org/suggest/

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews
It is very scalable and especially in a country like mine where girls even today, though belonging to educated and affluent families, are still averse to talking about it. The books can reach a wide audience and can also take in more such topics.
Sexual education in vulnerable communities is not only a work committed to gender equality but an initiative to foster the self-esteem and citizenship of young girls. The comic book can be easily adapted to several cultures/languages.
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Media

PadHer to receive funding to educate young African schoolgirls on Entrepreneurship via storytelling
We are an organisation breaking down barriers so that young African schoolgirls can take control of the future, and instilling in these young girls the spirit of entrepreneurship is also very crucial to us. So PadHer is currently working on the "BossLady" edition of our award-winning comic book series - Girls Only.The Boss Lady edition (a special edition) tells the lighthearted story of Amanda, a 12-year-old African schoolgirl who is the comic book's protagonist. Amanda's parents are facing difficulty paying her fees and meeting her academic demands, such as textbooks, because Amanda's father, the family breadwinner, recently lost his job. This fact did not deter Amanda, who quickly identified a problem in her school: students failing in math and science, two subjects in which she excels. Amanda proposed tutoring other students for a fee with the approval of the head teacher, so she could earn money to help her parents pay her tuition. Her tutoring classes quickly gained traction in her school as Amanda made substantial money to assist her parents in paying her school fees. Her older sister, a medical doctor, is very proud of Amanda and the initiative she took, and she continues to inspire young Amanda by telling her stories of influential African businesswomen who are trailblazers in their respective fields."I want to instill in young schoolgirls the value of entrepreneurship so that they may grow to become successful businesswomen and influential members of society. In addition to being published digitally, the comic book will be available in print. By October 2022, this comic book is expected to be available." - Chika Nwaogu, founder of PadHerPadHer first published the Girls Only comic book series as part of its efforts to end period poverty in Africa. While the storyline is entertaining, the writing is informative and enlightening for children and teenagers.The Storytellers Fund will be used to create and publish the comic book that tells the story of the challenges and resilience of young Amanda, a 12-year-old budding entrepreneur.
PadHer publishes six comic books on SRHR.
Girls Only the Comic Book is a comic book series about sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa.PadHer launched the comic book, Girls Only, as part of its efforts to help end period poverty in Africa. Amanda, a 12-year-old African schoolgirl, is the protagonist of the comic book. The story of Girls Only deals with issues such as getting your first period, puberty, menstrual cycle, menstrual hygiene, period myths, abuse, teenage pregnancy, and body rights. The comic book is aimed at children and teenagers, and while the storyline is entertaining, the writing is informative and enlightening. Below are the titles of the published issues.Issue 1 - First PeriodIssue 2 - All About PubertyIssue 3 - A to Z on Menstrual CycleIssue 4 - All About Menstrual HygieneIssue 5 - Debunking Period MythsIssue 6 - Introduction to Sexually Transmitted InfectionsIssue 7 - HIV and Sugar Daddy Awareness (Yet to be published)All issues are available for free download via https://padher.org/download
PadHer partners with over 10 local NGOs in Kenya, impacts over 1,500 young schoolgirls
Since its inception in 2021, PadHer has partnered with over 10 local NGOs in Kenya to bring PadHer to their area. So far, PadHer has been able to teach, mentor, and equip over 1,500 young schoolgirls from underserved communities to better manage their periods effectively. 
How one man is eradicating period stigma in Africa, one comic book at a time
One in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their periods to avoid the embarrassment of bleeding through their uniforms. Some girls use unhygienic items for pads, such as cloth rags, socks, leaves, or dry grass, which can lead to infections. Many girls drop out of school altogether once they begin menstruating.Due to financial barriers, stigma, and a lack of period education, many girls have been forced into period poverty (lack of access to menstrual hygiene products and education), and Covid-19 has worsened the problem. Chika Nwaogu, co-founder and executive director of PadHer, a Lagos-based women-led nonprofit is making it free, fun, easy, and comfortable teaching young African school girls from underserved communities about periods and puberty using comic books.Read more
PadHer impacts over 500 young schoolgirls in Kenya
Since its inception in 2021, PadHer has educated, mentored and equipped over 500 young schoolgirls in Kenya to manage their periods effectively. 
PadHer in partnership with local NGOs in Kenya impacts 100 young schoolgirls in Githurai, Kenya
PadHer's "Empower Dada" campaign impacted 100 young schoolgirls in Githurai, Kenya. This campaign was in partnership with Awimo's Girl Support Foundation and Generation Guiders. The goal of this event was to use comic books to teach and mentor young girls from underserved communities about menstruation while also providing free reusable sanitary pads and underwear to help fight period poverty.

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