More than menstrual products

MELA is more than its products. In order to bring tangible change in the lives of women and girls, we also engage in research, policy advocacy, awareness raising and educational activities, among others.

Check out our programs.

She@school

Studies show that about 50% of girls are absent from school due to menstruation. Many girls thought physically present in the classroom, are unable to perform well due to poor concentration and lack of attention resulting from the constant stress and worry about menstrual flow. In Ethiopia, only 25% of secondary school-aged girls attend secondary school.

The she@school program works together with the Ministry of Education and schools across the country to prevent girls’ absenteeism due to menstruation by promoting girls’ access to sustainable menstrual products and learning materials, and raising awareness of teachers and the school community. In collaboration with others, the program also aims at improving girl-friendly school water and sanitation facilities.

Contact us if your organization or school is interested in participating in the program.

She@work

Inadequate supportive workplace environment for menstrual hygiene management affect not only women’s health and wellbeing, but also has implication on companies’ economic productivity and affect their significant contribution to the national economy. To effectively manage their menstruation, women require access to water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, affordable and appropriate menstrual hygiene products and education, and a supportive environment where they can manage menstruation without embarrassment or stigma.

The @sheatwork program aims at working together with the private sector to address the many challenges that women face at the workplace in relation to menstrual management, by encouraging good practices and support women and girls’ access to sustainable menstrual products and information .

Contact us if your company is interested in participating in the program.

@She enterpeneurs

Sectors such as the menstrual hygiene offer new opportunities especially for young women to enter in the job market, acquire new skills and experiences, and get an income, while promoting access to menstrual hygiene sustainable products and education in their local communities. In Ethiopia, overall, access to sanitary pads by rural girls and women is very limited since most of the market is located in Addis and major cities.

The @sheenterpeneur program aims to work with CSOs, women’s groups and cooperatives across the country to transform the current market system and ensure that high quality and affordable menstrual products are available and accessible for all women and girls.

Contact us if your organization is interested in participating in the program.