Following a community needs assessment, Sabah Nakouzi, alongside a group of her peers found out that many females in Lebanon have difficulty accessing menstrual supplies, given the ongoing financial crisis. To tackle this, they organized a donation campaign incentivizing students and staff on campus to support in raising funds.
The group launched a donation campaign on AUB campus to collect menstrual hygiene products in support of women living in Rmeil and Mar Mikhael areas. The project also aimed at increasing AUB community’s awareness on the issue of period poverty or poor menstrual hygiene, a problem that most of the students were not aware of, as Sabah reported. After raising over LBP 5 million and more than 100 menstrual products, Sabah, who is a volunteer with the local organization “Rashet Kheir”, reached out to them, to seek their assistance in identifying women in need.
Consequently, Sabah and her teammates distributed 3-months period product supply to over 40 women in Beirut. Reflecting on this experience, Sabah commented that this campaign shed light on the reality of period poverty, a topic that has a big impact on women’s dignity, reproductive health, and sense of security, particularly during menstruation. Moreover, working on this project enhanced her organizational and leadership skills, as she realized that effective communication and networking are very essential to any successful endeavor.
Photos 1: Sabah packing period products
Photos 2: Sabah and her teammates discussing the issue of period poverty with AUB community on West Hall