Adolescent girls in Pakistan are often unaware or unprepared for the onset of menstruation (menarche). This is mostly due to a culture of silence surrounding women’s reproductive health issues of which menstruation is a part. This lack of preparation, knowledge, and poor hygienic practices during menstruation have negative impacts on girls’ self-esteem and personal development. It also affects their education as they often miss school because of shame or lack of adequate facilities to manage their period. In addition to schools lacking proper hygiene facilities, teachers are often not prepared to respond to girls’ need for information.
The contest will engage young people around Pakistan in the design of solutions that have the potential to scale and create significant improvements to empower and promote participation of women through innovative solutions to improve menstrual hygiene management for women and girls in their communities. Keeping in view the principles of Human Centered Design (HCD), the contest will be designed with and for youth and it seeks to engage marginalized youth, recognizing the insight, experience, and talent they can offer.
- The winners of this challenge will have the opportunity to engage with diverse stakeholders working on menstrual hygiene from both the public and private sector by presenting their ideas and concepts to a panel of experts.
- Their ideas will be profiled on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and live webinars through Google Hangouts.
- They will also benefit from mentor-ship sessions as well as interactive sessions with other challenge winners.
- Winners will receive seed money of 1000$ each to implement their solutions in their projects and follow-up mentor-ship.
- The challenge is open to Pakistani nationals only.
- Aspiring candidates should be between 14-24 years old.
- The competition is open to both males and females.
Young people who wish to apply are encouraged to form teams and submit an application. Applications can also be submitted via email to [email protected]
Deadline for idea submission is Friday November 16, 2018
Submit 30 seconds to 1-minute video along with the standard application to give additional information about your motivation to apply for the contest and the passion behind creating solutions to solve the youth’s problems. The video can be anything from a look into how you worked on your idea to what drives you to propose solutions to the problems of Pakistan’s youth.
Just grab a camera, shoot a simple video with a clear message and send it to [email protected] before November 16 along with the standard application form.
Please, note that this video is supplementary but not mandatory.
Application Deadline: November 16, 2018Application ClosedOfficial link