Tunisia: young college girls also need washable sanitary napkins

Tunisian college girl

The Génération Liberté collective has launched ‘’ Wallah We Can ’’, an action aimed at improving living conditions in boarding schools in Tunisia. The association provides basic necessities such as solar water heaters and now washable sanitary napkins.

It all started with a rather alarming observation. Members of the Génération Liberté collective discovered during a visit that some young girls used the foam from their mattresses during menstruation. This material is used to make sanitary napkins, which are very unhealthy. This state of affairs therefore prompted the team to embark on an innovative project: providing washable sanitary napkins to young girls. Personal hygiene must be taken seriously, because sometimes diseases caused by poor personal hygiene can be fatal.

An eco-friendly and inexpensive alternative

In many disadvantaged regions in Tunisia, young girls do not have enough financial resources to buy personal hygiene products during menstruation. They therefore resort to unconventional solutions to get by. This is not without consequences since the risk of infections is high. This is why the association decided to embark on the manufacture of washable sanitary napkins.
These are made with natural materials with a high absorption potential, and cotton. Washable items made in this way are very practical and discreet. These washable sanitary napkins can easily be put on, thanks to their wings with snap button. In addition, it is very easy to fold and store them. Young girls can therefore wash, dry and reuse them many times.

Humanitarian action that creates jobs

Faced with the precarious economic situation of these young girls, the association decided to distribute these washable sanitary napkins in boarding schools in Tunisia. For the moment, it is the Makhtar boarding school in the governorate of Siliana that has been chosen to launch the operation. The young college girls will therefore each receive a package including about ten sanitary napkins. The distribution will start from the next school year and will be supported by awareness workshops, to demystify the taboos around the rules.
The samples of these washable sanitary napkins are made in a factory. However Lotfi Hamadi, head of the association, specifies that the production of the other batches will be carried out by workers recruited from rural areas. This will create employment initially before the launch of the marketing phase of these washable sanitary napkins. The profits will be used to finance the free distribution of washable clothes in several boarding schools in the country.
The Génération Liberté association is soon launching Ecolibree, its company which will be responsible for manufacturing these washable sanitary napkins. While sales will initially be local, there are plans to expand them nationwide. It will take 1 dinar 500 to produce one of these washable sanitary napkins, but the resale price and the wages of the workers are not yet determined. However, the project has potential and deserves to be supported.