Our Chief Operating Manager sat down with Eric Omondi, Founder of the Alliance of Sustainable Health and Wealth in Africa to discuss how ASHWA came to be and find out more about the need for reusable menstrual products and associated education in Uganda.
The Founder of Transformation Textiles and EvaWear writes about EvaWear's commitment to letting girls find 'their own silver bullet' menstrual hygiene solution,
Without a doubt, there are culturally significant potty-training practices that may differ from mine, but no mom wants their toddler to sit in poopy pants while traversing ocean currents just to survive.
The Unmentionables' CoFounder and Chief Operating Officer shares exciting news on our expansion into Uganda. Find out why and how we are hoping to help the thousands of refugees there.
Our CoFounder and Chief Operating Officer shares the mission behind operating in Greece, as a lead up to sharing exciting organizational news about our new projects!
During one of our biggest distribution trips to date, The Unmentionables' CEO and Co-Founder Kaleigh Heard answers some questions about our work in Greece, newly launched programs and projects to expand.
Stigmas and myths about menstruation are global and diversified but follow a simple theme: periods are dirty and shameful. It is not only the women and girls directly affected by these stigmas that suffer but equally their community. Stigmas around menstruation affect education and thus employment levels of women and girls that ultimately impact the whole community. #MenstruationMatters and education is the first step.
Jasmine O'Hara, Founder of The Worldwide Tribe, shares a film produced by her team while in a refugee camp in Athens where ordinary people share stories of their lives before they became 'refugees'.
Like many things, including hygiene and dignity, mental health is often washed away within refugee camps. The lack of adequate treatment and resources for mental health is a nightmarish reality that further adds to the feelings of hopelessness and despair.
Divya Mishra shares her experience in Moria where she helped diagnose a refugee with scabies. In this blog post she enforces the importance of coordination between medical teams and non-food-items NGOs to enable infected persons to get enough fresh clothes to prevent reinfection.
One of the core challenges that plagues non-profit organizations is opaqueness in the distribution supply chain. However, more can be done to further enhance transparency and trust within the distribution supply chain, to create greater confidence for both donors and nonprofit organizations.
The Unmentionables are so excited to be partnering with Lunapads! In this guest post they've shared their story from being a local manufacturer of reusable menstrual products to distributing worldwide.
The need for family planning among refugees and displaced peoples isn’t always considered a priority. The reality is that these populations are at a much higher risk of unwanted pregnancies and infections.
And there I was, 5 miles away from the car, tamponless, padless, period panty-less, surrounded by people, and MORTIFIED. There is no worse feeling than when the cramps hit and you're ENTIRELY unprepared.
Underwear is something that we take for granted without even realising but have you ever thought about what our ancestors wore way back when the choices we now have weren't available? Here's a brief history of underwear!
Tara Pokras, The Unmentionables' Women's Health Advocate, is starting a vlog series where she'll share the good, the bad and the ugly as she tests out reusable period supplies that we distribute to refugees!
Calling everyone a “migrant” risks stripping away the stories of fear and human rights abuses that have forced the majority of arrivals to seek protection and asylum in Europe. This unified perception of refugees in the media forgoes their human identity and individuality, and can in turn decrease their agency and ability to claim their duly owed human rights.
The Unmentionables Operations Intern, Zoe Pike shares the insight she gained while on a distribution trip in Greece in March. After meeting refugees to provide them with underwear, feminine hygiene and sexual health products, she writes about the need to stop dehumanising refugee communities, that consist of ordinary people stuck in unfortunate situations.
It is important to address menstrual health, particularly the existing gap in meeting these health needs in emergency settings. Poor menstrual hygiene can lead to infection, affect a woman or girls' safety, while existing taboos disproportionately affect their livelihoods. Access to an adequate supply of sanitary materials is imperative to make them feel safe, allowing them to maintain their dignity, protect their cultural values and improve their health.
Unaccompanied children have witnessed some of the worst atrocities and even after reaching safety, they are still one of the most vulnerable groups of people in refugee camps, facing a much higher risk for exploitation and human trafficking. For many, the small act of providing them with clean, dry underwear can help protect them against infections, provide a small amount of comfort and dignity, while also helping to protect against sexual assault.