Irise International works to support the education and empowerment of east african girls through developing a replicable and sustainable solution to menstrual hygiene management.
Irise International is an innovative, fast growing organisation working to support the education and empowerment of disadvantaged girls in East Africa. We currently focus on addressing poor menstrual hygiene management (MHM) because this neglected issue impacts on girls’ rights to sanitation, health and education. Inadequate sanitary products combined with a lack of knowledge about menstruation, results in girls missing vital schooling or work and acts as a barrier to their empowerment. Irise works to develop a replicable and sustainable solution to MHM through setting-up local social enterprises producing reusable pads and delivering Menstrual Health Education (MHE). Social enterprises create flexible employment for women and MHE empowers girls to make choices about their own bodies.
Irise International aims to:
- 1. Developing and delivering high quality menstrual health education in East Africa
- 2. Delivering an affordable menstrual hygiene product in East Africa
- 3. Generating an evidence base to inform the development of MHM programmes in East Africa
- 4. Raising awareness about MHM nationally and internationally in the broader context of women and girls’ education and empowerment
Established: January 2012
Registered Charity Number: 1157722
Board members: 6
Full time staff: 2
Part time staff: 1
Phone number: 00256786842561
Address: 3 The Holt, Purley on Thames, Reading, Berkshire RG8 8HZView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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