Menstrual Education, Feminine Hygiene Products, And School Tuition Assistance For Underprivileged Girls In Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa where girls often do not get to experience being a girl because of reasons such as child marriage, school dropout, gender inequity, and period poverty. The mission of Girl Now, Woman Later is to increase the literacy and school graduation rates among middle and high school girls in Burkina Faso. To address gender disparity in education, the nonprofit teams up with local midwives and nurses to conduct menstruation education workshops (so the girls learn more about their periods) and to provide feminine hygiene products (so the girls do not have to skip school). The nonprofit also provides school tuition assistance and educational mentorship. Born in Burkina Faso and educated in Belgium and Atlanta, Bienvenue Konsimbo founded Girl Now, Woman Later because of her strong belief that educated girls become emancipated women.