Established in 2011, Panties with Purpose is an independent, informal campaign to help girls with menstrual hygiene management.
Most of us never think about what we can’t see. We take things for granted. We don’t talk about issues that are gender sensitive & culturally taboo. If they don’t affect us, they don’t matter. Panties with Purpose is a campaign to raise awareness about the inside story.
Underprivileged adolescent school girls living in the rural and poor urban parts of the world, including Kenya, lack access to basic hygiene products such as undergarments and sanitary towels (UNICEF, 2005) during their menstrual cycle.
Change begins with basics
When a girl has access to basic hygiene products the following happen:
improves as her chances of contracting infections is reduced;
confidence and dignity increases;
at school improves;
of success are enhanced;
the importance of self-preservation with regard to health is increased, as is her bodily awareness.
What we aim to do
about the problem faced by underprivileged school girls.
Assist school girls
with panties (undergarments) and sanitary towels and facilitate education on menstrual hygiene.
Break cultural taboos
by getting people to talk about menstrual hygiene management.
Show that health and hygiene
are not gender issues but a human dignity and rights issue.
Start the process of change
with provision of basic feminine hygiene products.
Since 2011, we have operated with help from universities, schools, corporates, family and friends. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed. In particular, we would like to thank and acknowledge the following:
Anne Small and Friends, LLP
GEMS Cambridge International School, Kenya
Braeburn International Schools, East Africa
The London School of Economics, London
Institute of Education, UCL, London
University of Southern Mississippi
North Seattle Community College
Seattle Central College
An international campaign
Our campaign is truly international, and we are proud to have received support from the following cities and regions.
London, Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, Kampala, Arusha, Toronto, Calgary, Florida, Geneva, Washington DC, Dubai, Hong Kong, Haarlem (Netherlands), Manchester, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Houston, Sydney, Johannesburg, New Brunswick, Iceland, Chicago, Edmonton, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Dar-es Salaam, Vancouver, Alba (Italy), Lisbon, Ramgarhia.
Since 2011 we have given
51,463 pairs of pants to
14,883 girls in
A detailed breakdown of partners and distribution locations is available on request