Jones on the creation of AFRIpads

RRU Staff

Associate Prof. and Year 1 Program Head Shelley Jones was featured by the International Development Research Centre about the launch of AFRIpads, a company founded in 2010 in Uganda which locally manufactures cost-effective, reusable sanitary pads. AFRIpads has sold more than 750,000 reusable sanitary pad kits throughout Africa. With better access to feminine hygiene products, young women don’t have to miss school during their periods.

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“I was very shocked to realize that the 15 girls, aged 15 to 19, who participated in my study missed school during their periods. This represents between 20% and 25% of school days,” said Jones. “Access to education is a human right. Lack of access to feminine hygiene products causes inequality between girls and boys.”

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