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Woman personalities support Woman’s Day tonight

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY GRACE KERONGO

Tonight, top female personalities in the poetry and music fraternity will hold a concert as a pre-celebration to usher in the International Women’s Day at the Michael Joseph Centre. The concert, will feature an all-female lead ensemble with a line up that includes June Gachui, Ngwatilo, Sentimental Floetry, Christine Kamau, Liz Njoroge, Ma3 The Band, Sara Mitaru, Dorothy Ghettuba, Kathy Kiragu, Sage, Murfy's fLaw, Essy of Aziza Band, Viola Karuri, Nicole Maloba, Kasiva, and Amare Poeta.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Connecting Girls: Inspiring Futures.’ As part of this central idea, all proceeds from the concert will go towards Huru’s Reusable Sanitary Pad Project. The project was launched in January 2008 in partnership with America Share, the non-profit arm of Micato Safaris. It is devoted to assisting Kenyans girls in School. Research revealed that girls in Nairobi slums often scavenge for used and discarded pads or use old cloths, toilet paper, bits of mattresses, or sheets of newspaper as makeshift pads.

To resolve this, Huru designed a Reusable Sanitary Napkin program that has been launched in Kenya. The initiative revolves around the distribution of Huru Empowerment Kits, each of which comes packaged in a drawstring bag that also functions as a backpack. Each pack has eight reusable sanitary napkins, three pairs of underwear, soap to wash the pads, an educational insert featuring information on proper pad usage, HIV/Aids prevention and sexual and reproductive health in both English and Swahili, and a waterproof bag to safely store used pads.