Awareness Talk for Pubescent Girls on Physical Changes, Menstruation and Personal Hygiene
Health and Nutrition
Girls grow and develop at different rates and ages. Ideally, our girls should be introduced to their bodies including genitals, at an early age. UNDP’s SDG 3 : Good Health and Well-being, puts a target that by 2030, universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including information and education is ensured. Some 135 pubescent girls aged 9 – 12 years old from marginalised communities will benefit from this programme. By the end of the session, the girls would be well-equipped with information on their physical changes, menstruation and personal hygiene.
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Voting end : 30.06.2018
Ida Hariati Hashim
Pubescent girls of marginalised communities may have limited information on their physical changes, sexuality and personal hygiene due to parents’ lack of awareness on this subject matter, what more the knowledge to initiate and carry out a discussion on this with the girls. In addition, the topic on young girls’ physical changes, menstruation and personal hygiene are not thoroughly and openly communicated at home maybe parents shy away to have that conversation with their off-springs, thus suffice for the girls to learn it in school. But the question is, are the girls being taught the details on skills like choosing the right bra, washing undergarments or even managing the self during menstruation whilst in school? Leaving girls to acquire own information on their physical changes and personal hygiene poses risk of misguidance. This may cause confusion that would deter girls to live up to her fullest potentials in the future.
Hence, through this Project, we aim to provide fun, engaging and comprehensive lessons and hands-on experience to pubescent girls from marginalised communities, on their physical changes, menstruation and personal hygiene. We would like the girls to be rest assured that support and help is within reach and free of charge. We
would like to fill up the gap on knowledge about puberty, particularly on the practicalities of managing personal hygiene during menstruation.
We provide :
1) unbiased information for pubescent girls on understanding physical changes, menstruation and personal hygiene
2) neutral and open forum for girls to discuss and ask questions on the subject matter
3) fun, engaging and meaningful learning experience with peers and facilitators as mentors With this, the girls will take home clear, impartial and practical skills & knowledge on physical changes, managing menstruation and personal hygiene as living skills that would be shared with other girls within their network.
Pubescent girls of marginalised communities because :
1) the girls have limited access to updated information on the subject matter, because living at the bottom of Hierarchy of Needs, activities for physiological needs come first, thus, safety needs, which is of the next level for human motivation that includes health and well-being, takes the back seat.
2) usually discussions on girls’ physical changes, menstruation and personal hygiene are done privately maybe by family members and friends who may already have their own pre-existing knowledge that are based on old housewives’ tales
Prior to the programme, we will conduct a survey on the girls’ pre-existing knowledge on the subject matter. Then, during the programme the questions and responses of the participants will be recorded and analysed. Before wrapping up, the girls will be divided into groups where they will do a reflection on lessons learnt collectively. At the end of the programme, participants will re-visit the survey on their pre-existing knowledge and provide responses. We will measure the immediate outcome of the programme from the findings. Measurement of the impact will be based on the monitoring and evaluation activities that will be carried out via a simple survey and project management control questionnaire with the support of the school’s management, within 3 months post-programme. Measurable outcome of the Project:
1) Knowledge : The pubescent girls will make informed decisions on safer and healthier choices about their bodies and personal hygiene.
2) Skill : The pubescent girls will assess aspects of growing up, such as having their periods, changes to their bodies, choosing a bra, shaving and others using the information obtained from the programme.
3) Attitude : The pubescent girls will demonstrate self awareness through the identification of internal and universal values as well as best practices, personal strengths and challenges, and the initiation of change by utilising the knowledge and resources acquired for personal growth.
Impact of the Project, by the end of the programme :
1) At least 60% of the girls who participated are ready to handle with the changes in their bodies, lifestyle and relationship with peers and opposite sex.
2) At least 80% of the girls who participated know where to find support should they need it in the near future (teachers, NGOs, international bodies, government agencies)
3) At least 70% of the girls are able to confidently convey the lessons learnt from the programme to their young family members and friends. The girls become agents of change to their communities.
At this initial stage, we will collaborate closely with NGOs like Muslim Aid Humanitarian Foundation Malaysia, REAChMY and FRHAM (Federal Reproductive Health Association Malaysia). These organisations have been actively serving the communities that we would like to serve, so we would like to leverage on their network and experience. Furthermore, we will initiate strategic partnership with public schools and refugee learning centres located within the communities we aim at serving. The relationship is crucial for their support particularly in getting access to the participants of the programme and for monitoring and evaluation activities.
Our medium term plan is to forge partnership with corporate bodies, particularly those that have girls/women empowerment as their CSR agenda. Most importantly, in order to manage project expenditure on the purchase of items in the Personal Kit, that will be given to the participants, we will partner with big retail companies like Tesco and Aeon Big.
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Cost for project as below:
|Description||Price/Unit (RM)||Quantity||Amount (RM)|
|Project Coordination Fee||300||1||300|
|Marketing & Promotion||100||1||100|
|Monitoring & Evaluation||150||3||450|
Location 1 – SK Tuanku Syed Shaaban, Tampin, Negeri Sembilan.
Project date : 13 -14 July 2018
Project target : To deliver awareness talk and demonstration on physical changes, menstruation and personal hygiene to 50 girls aged 10 – 12 years old.
Location 2 – Pusat Ilmu Muslim Aid (PIMA), Ampang, Selangor
Project date : TBC in early August 2018
Project target : To deliver awareness talk and demonstration on physical changes, menstruation and personal hygiene to 35, girls aged 9 – 14 years old.
Location 3 – TBC Kuantan Project date : TBC in middle August 2018 Project target : To deliver awareness talk and demonstration on physical changes, menstruation and personal hygiene to 50, girls aged 9 – 12 years old.