Rotary International Women’s Group (RIW) was founded on April 7th, 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic by Rtn. Sharmila Nagarajan, member of RC Tower Hamlets London.
The group was founded via whatsapp with the aim to:
- Connect female Rotarians all over the world and
- Raise a common, women-oriented project driven by female Rotarians of all five continents.
On 4th of March, 2021, with the approval of the RI board the RAG MHH was constituted with 60 prospective members from 18 countries out of at least 12 Rotary zones .
Board Of Directors
Dr Antonio Carlos Cardoso
Selamawit Tezera Chaka
Pat Vaitiyalingam Hoggarth
a) To enhance the dignity to women and girls and enable them to live a self-determined life
b) have access to education
c) economic self-maintenance
To have a equitable world for the female gender where she is provided access to basic wash and sanitation facilities and sustainable period products , in order to be able to have a equal chance at life , livelihood and independence to make her choices.
To improve girls’/women’s situation of menstrual health the RAGMHH is engaging with the community to :
1) Provide girls and women with menstrual hygiene articles of their choice:
Biodegradable sanitary and/or cloth napkins
Reusable sanitary and/or cloth napkins
These articles will be provided against payment of a small donation of an amount the woman can afford. Alternatively, it will be given for free.
2) The project group obtains these articles by buying them from manufacturers or by creating micro-businesses of manufacturing to add the value of earning money to a village.
3) Provide schools/villages with water supply and gender-based lavatories and take care of its maintenance
4) Regular counselling: Provide girls/women with information about the use of these articles (pro’s and con’s of each item with regards to: health, age, reusability, environment, need of water, hours of use etc.), break taboos and educate
5) Create awareness of this topic all over the planet to raise funds and to take action
7) Implement menstruation cups also in Northern America, Europe, Australia to reduce
“menstrual waste” and “menstrual costs”.
John Hewko, RI-GS
So “rather than solving one percent of 100 problems, let’s solve 100 per cent of one problem and in this case, it would be menstrual health and hygiene,” said Hewko.