Number of students served by the MMW Period Power Project in 2022.
Women and girls in rural Sierra Leone lack information about their sexual and reproductive health rights, resulting in some of the highest rates of maternal mortality, teenage pregnancy, female genital mutilation and gender-based violence in the world. Access to information is crucial. The right information, at the right time, through the right channels, can save families, livelihoods and lives.
We provide critical information about key issues such as disease prevention, family planning, and menstrual health for women and girls to improve their health and safety.
The Media Matters for Women Period Power Project provides menstrual health and sexual education for adolescent girls and boys at 30 rural schools across three regions of Sierra Leone. Students learn how to sew their own, reusable pads while listening to MMW podcasts covering menstrual and sexual health and hygiene, followed by a group discussion led by a midwife. This is a highly effective model for engaging youth and lifting the lid on taboo topics.