I went to an all-girls school and trust me, we know how horrible and mortifying it is to stain your dress during that time of the metaphor for menses. I can’t imagine the embarrassment, shame and dehumanising effects of not having proper feminine hygiene available at all, or the lack of opportunity and equality resulting from not having education opportunities available in the first place.
I only got the chance to be educated properly because of where I was lucky enough to be born. The women of Sierra Leone deserve nothing less. They are more likely, though, to be sexually assaulted than attend high school. Those that do attend school miss up to a full week per month due to lack of access to proper feminine hygiene products.
I’ve signed up to do a 35km walk-a-thon in a school dress on October 20 with my sister Dee and anyone else we recruit between now and then.
If you donate $15 or more, we’ll also take your suggestions for things to Do In A Dress. I’ve already taken ulcer meds, dressed up the dog and posed with a banana in a school dress: I’m sure there’s at least seven more things that we could do. If your suggestion isn’t too lewd or expensive (eg: “Make out on the back on a giant gold dragon”), we’ll do it and post photographic evidences.
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