Girls’ Globe is delighted to announce the winner of the very first People’s Choice Award in K4Health‘s annual Photoshare competition!
Congratulations go to Segawa Patrick and his team at Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU) for receiving the highest number of public votes in the category of Sexual and Reproductive Health. Today, Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017, is the perfect day to share their brilliant winning photograph.
PHAU shared the inspiration behind the photo:
“Our source of inspiration comes from the fact that many adolescent girls miss school and others drop out of school due to lack of sanitary commodities. It’s for this reason that we launched a campaign called “Ensonga” (meaning “the issue”) which aims to improve menstrual hygiene management within schools in Uganda.”
And we asked voters to tell us why they chose this image as the winner:
“Stigma around menstrual hygiene wreaks havoc on girls’ education opportunities around the world in a way that most people in higher-income countries are not aware of. I think this photograph highlights serious menstrual hygiene issues in a fun and lighthearted way (and I love the faces, colors, and composition, as well).”
“Menstruation keeps many young women from attending school each month for several reasons including lack of proper materials for personal care as well as insufficient amenities at schools. Women should not have to sacrifice education because of menstruation, so I like that this image brings awareness to the issue!”
“I think menstrual stigma is a crucial issue that needs more discussion and awareness. It is a shame that girls have to miss school and be embarrassed for going through menstruation, which is a normal part of being a female.”
“It is an original picture. It captures an unexpected moment of an important and seldom talked about issue, while at the same time transmitting a lot of joy.”