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location_on Lagos, Nigeria

It's Normal, Period!™

PadHer educates and mentors young African schoolgirls from underserved communities on periods, puberty, and SRHR topics using comic books to help them effectively manage their periods and build the confidence they need to take control of the future and succeed. Our comic books come with free pads and are available in English, French, Arabic, Swahili, Zulu, Amharic, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, and Luganda

HundrED 2023


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

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Target group
Students basic
September 2021
In 2021, I set out to look for innovative ways to talk about periods and SRHR topics to young girls for the first time. Due to the digital divide and low penetration of technology in underserved communities, comic books were the best fit as they are both fun and engaging to young schoolgirls and, at the same time, do not require access to technology. Our comic books are available in 10 languages.

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 5 schools and 12 underserved communities in Africa and distributed over 2,000+ print comic books and 6,000+ free reusable sanitary pads. We have impacted over 5,000+ young schoolgirls!

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.

As a social enterprise, PadHer makes and sells the "Girls Only" comic books and eco-friendly, low-cost reusable sanitary pads. 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't afford one.

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

PadHer is constantly partnering with local NGOs across Africa and visiting schools in underserved communities, where it teaches, mentors, and equips young girls to manage their periods effectively.

Teachers/principals can suggest their school by visiting https://padher.org/suggest/

Our comic books are also available for free download via https://padher.org/download/

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.
- Academy member
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Implementation steps

With the aid of our comic book, PadHer offers fun and exciting physical and digital workshops to help prepare young schoolgirls to effectively manage their periods and build the self-confidence they need to take control of the future and succeed. Topics Covered include an introduction to periods, the menstrual cycle, pre-menstrual syndrome, Menstrual Hygiene, and Myth-busting. Our physical workshops are held in schools or community centers, whereas our digital workshops are held online via Zoom.
Lifelong assistance/mentorship
We provide Lifelong assistance/mentorship from our Educators/Mentors to the young girls who participate in our workshops. This assistance and mentorship occur using Zoom and/or WhatsApp. At the end of the workshop, every young girl who participated is assigned a mentor. She will be given her personalized mentor's WhatsApp and Zoom details. She will be able to reach out to her mentor anytime using these platforms.
Free Lifelong education on SRHR topics
Every young girl who has participated in our workshops can create a free account on our website and access free monthly published issues that talk about periods, puberty, and a host of sexual and reproductive health and rights topics like Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV, and Sugar Daddy Awareness, Teenage Pregnancy and many more! So far, we have published 8 comic books on various SRHR topics.

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