SCMUN 2018 Charity
One Dollar for Life (ODFL): The Girl's Equality Project

SCMUN 2018 is excited to announce our conference cause this year is in partnership with One Dollar for Life (ODFL): The Girl's Equality Project. 

In many developing countries around the world, girls often miss school due to their monthly periods. UNESCO estimates that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their menstrual cycle. This equals as much as twenty-five percent of a given school year. The positive impact of educating girls is no secret. With education they make better health choices, have access to better vocational options, and become more engaged members of their civic communities. And yet, girls are still missing school due to completely preventable reasons. Menstruation shouldn’t result in absences, and girls shouldn’t miss out on an education as a result. 

The Girls’ Equality Project provides teenage girls and young women in developing countries with reusable sanitary pads, allowing them to attend school in a manner equal to boys. Each kit includes 8 washable, reusable pads, 2 exterior waterproof shields, 2 pairs of panties, 1 washcloth, soap and a discrete bag for transport. The pads can be washed and reused dozens of times. When properly cared for, the kit lasts for three years. The kit is delivered with a 3-hour educational seminar which includes not only curriculum on feminine hygiene and health, but on many other facets of feminine life-cycle management.

ODFL, with its in-country NGO partners, is working with educational authorities in all of the five countries in which it is making the kits available. 

This SCMUN, as we debate solutions on topics such as Gender Equality in UNDP, lets take action and do our part in empowering educational opportunities for girls around the world.