Tag: Gender and Social Inclusion

Menstruation hygiene kits provided to Vanuatu schools

School management and teachers from six schools in Port Vila, Vanuatu, came together for a two day induction workshop to establish their Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in Schools programs. They also participated in a special focus program on Menstrual Hygiene Management, which included the Acting Director of Education in Vanuatu, the National Director of the Primary School Program, the Deputy Principal Education Officer for Shefa Province and the Natinoal Early Childhood Education Coordinator (pictured above).

Education Changes Everything #MenstruationMatters

Every month more than 300 million girls aged between 10-14 may dread the arrival of their period. A lack of adequate guidance, toilet facilities and sanitary materials for girls to manage their menstruation in schools causes girls to experience shame, fear, confusion. They face many challenges attempting to manage their menstruation - insufficient information, lack of social support, ongoing social and hygiene taboos, and a shortage of suitable water, sanitation and waste disposal facilities in schools. So many of these girls just stay home until they finish bleeding. They can miss a week of school every month.


Climbing the participation ladder

Community participation is the foundation of the Community-based Sanitation Marketing Enterprises (CBSE) that are being piloted by Live & Learn in Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu through the Australian government Civil Society WASH Fund. Without effective community ownership and participation the CBSEs will not be able to become effective community businesses. Community participation is ...


School children in Solomon Islands advocate for hand-washing

  In a recent visit to a local primary school in the Solomon Islands the students demonstrated good understanding of the importance of washing their hands, but expressed frustration that most of the time they can’t wash their hands because there is no secure water supply at their school. In a peri-urban primary school in ...


Students lead out in Menstrual Hygiene Day

Student-led presentations and the launch of a special flag were highlights of Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations during June at the WPSMIP partner primary school in Kavieng, PNG. Three classrooms at the school were setup with awareness and information posters about Menstrual Hygiene. Each of the classrooms featured presentations about menstrual hygiene from the students. Parents ...


Disability Inclusive Development Forum, Kimbe PNG

On 27th April – 1st May 2015 the Disability Desk under the Division of Community Development, in collaboration with the Disability Management Committee and the West New Britain Provincial Disabled Persons Organisation, staged the West New Britain Province Disability Inclusive Development Forum. People with a disability (PWD) are one of the most vulnerable groups in ...