“My Health, My Dignity” Campaign Aims to Provide Menstrual Hygiene Products for Students in Zimbabwe
Archlove Takunda Tanyanyiwa (Class of 2018) started the “My Health, My Dignity” campaign to advocate for the provision of sanitary wear for female students in Zimbabwe. With his team, they have engaged one key parliamentarian, Priscilla Misihairambwe Mushonga, who has provided her support and views on how they can collectively work towards engaging government on the matter. This campaign seeks to promote civic participation, particularly youth participation, in Zimbabwe’s electoral cycle as well as to improve collaboration among Zimbabwean activists and their community organizations working for democracy and sustainable development. He is developing a policy paper on the need to provide pads as a means to reduce barriers for students during their menstrual cycles. The policy paper aims at showing the gaps that exists if only the private sector tries to solve the issue of menstrual health needs without government support hence the need for budgetary allocation towards the cause.