Big upps to all of you who have donated and to those who are in the process of doing so.
The Sistercup Pilot Project is being received with lots of enthusiasm and is carrying with it the importance of promoting Sisterhood among Women . We are now halfway to reaching our goal of donating 100 menstrual cups to young girls in the informal settelments of Nairobi. The pilot project will kick off in two slums known as Korogocho and Maili Saba.
We want to send out a big THANK YOU to all the people who have contributed to this important project. Thanks to you, 100 kenyan girls living in the slums of Nairobi will be able to attend school without interruptions and worries about how to deal with their menstruation.
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In December 2010 Sisternet will begin implementing The Sistercup Pilot Project in the informal settlements of Nairobi ,Kenya. The members of the network have taken on the task of finding donors for 100 menstrual cups to be distributed to young girls who lack affordable and sustainable methods for dealing with menstruation.
Two of our members will be going to Nairobi to start up dialogue circles with 15-18-year-old girls. This will be done in collaboration with a local member who will be responsible for conducting the dialogue circles and for gathering information for the evaluation of the project.
Here on the blog you will be able to follow the progress of The Sistercup Pilot Project.
A menstrual cup is a type of cup worn inside the vagina during the menstruation. The menstrual cup collects the menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it like the pads and tampons. There are two types of menstrual cup currently available. The first is a soft, flexible, disposable cup made of polyethylene and looks like the contraceptive diaphragm. The second type is a bell-shaped cup made of rubber (latex), silicone or thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). It is reusable and designed to last for up to 10 years. Some brands recommend replacement each year, 5–10 years or state that women have been comfortable using them up to 10 years.
Soft, disposable menstrual cups may be worn during sex, though they are not contraceptive devices. The bell-shaped silicone or rubber cups must be removed before penetrative vaginal sex.
Some women opt for a menstrual cup because it does not absorb natural vaginal secretions as a tampon or sponge would. For some women, menstrual cups are more difficult to insert and remove than tampons. They also may be messier than tampons to remove. In a 1995 clinical study involving 51 women, 23 women (45%) found menstrual cups to be an acceptable way of managing menstrual flow.
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Sisternet is a network that lobbies, advocates and mobilizes towards creating awareness on issues affecting women all over the world. Our motto is to promote sisterhood and solidarity among women in the world.
We work with different projects that are geared towards improving women’s lives.