Join in the fight for equity for women and girls by participating in AAUW California's support of Days for Girls, an international nonprofit that prepares and distributes sustainable menstrual health solutions to girls who would otherwise miss school during their monthly periods.
The Citrus Heights-American River Branch (CHAR) is spearheading this project to bring hygiene kits to Rwandan girls in a refugee camp. Other branches have joined in the effort and you can too! Here's how:
Attend the AAUW California convention
and participate in the Days for Girls workshop on Saturday morning to fill hygiene kits.
Kit materials - bring to the convention
- Girls’ 100% cotton undies in sizes 10, 12, 14 or 16. Briefs, hipsters or bikini styles (no boy shorts or thongs). Darker colors, floral, geometric are best. No faces or eyes. Note: white undies and washcloths are often included in packages you purchase. These can be dyed a darker color.
- Small travel-sized soaps
- Dark washcloths
Send financial support to purchase supplies for the kits
Each kit costs ~ $10.
Write a check to:
c/o Roberta Schmalz
4057 Albert Drive
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Help the CHAR branch prepare for the convention
Make the sewn bags and pads before the convention.
Contact Karen Wilkes at 916-990-1586 or Lee Battershell at 916-230-1110
Branches supporting the effort
- AAUW @ ARC Student Branch
- Auburn AAUW Branch
- CHAR AAUW Branch
- Half Moon Bay Branch
- Sacramento AAUW Branch
- San Mateo Branch
- Woodland AAUW branch
Days for Girls envisions a world where menstruation is no longer a source of shame and taboo. Through volunteers, through enterprises, and through public and private partnerships, Days for Girls is working to shift how women and girls see themselves and are seen by their communities. We offer girls and women with new life choices and spur narrative change, through providing sustainable hygiene solutions, health education, and income-generation opportunities.
There are a lot of things that are hard to change in the world. This isn’t one of them.
Join with us, and show what’s possible when we work together on behalf of women and girls.
For more information about the CHAR effort, "like" their Facebook page HERE.