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Kampala, April 8, 2017: Providing sanitary pads to schoolgirls is a controversial subject in Uganda.
During the 2016 election campaign, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni pledged to buy sanitary towels for girls in need. The government estimates that 30 percent of Ugandan girls from poor families miss school because of lack of sanitary towels.
But in February this year, the first lady, who is also the minister for education, told parliament the government didn’t have enough funding for the president’s $4.4 million initiative.
This angered Makerere University researcher Stella Nyanzi, who created Pads for Girls Uganda on the social media site Facebook to collect donations of sanitary towels. Soon, however, she found herself in a police interrogation room accused of insulting the first lady online.
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“The interrogation was about four hours,” Nyanzi said. “By the time I was out, my sister, who had my mobile phone number, said, ‘By the way, you are almost getting to your one million pads.’ The following day was Women’s Day and, surprisingly, we got one million sanitary pads within two days.”
Nyanzi continues to push the government to make sanitary pads for girls a priority. Public debate about the subject continues, and the government recently announced that sanitary pads are now to be sold free of value-added tax.
Girls at the Parents Care Infant Academy, in the slum area of Makindye, have taken matters into their own hands.
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At the back of the class, there are four sewing machines that students use to make reusable sanitary towels. Large pieces of pink cloth are laid on the table as some of the girls carefully measure and cut, then place a piece of cotton in between and stitch with pins. Ready to be sewn, it is then passed onto the tailors, who include 14-year-old Nantume Catherine.
“Oh, this hole, it’s used to put there cotton, that cotton to hold blood to not come out. You remove it, you throw and you wash it through this hole,” she said.
Sarah Sanyu is the headmistress of the school.
“It was very, very difficult for these girls to stay in public without having these pads,” Sanyu said, “so when we got this idea of making sanitary pads, we bought the materials for ourselves, then we got someone to come and teach us.”
The school also held a special class to teach the girls about menstruation.
Some question the cleanliness of reusable pads, but health officials assure VOA they are safe if properly washed with soap and water. However, access to clean water is not a guarantee in some parts of Uganda.
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So important are sanitary pads to keeping girls in school that the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) has distributed 50,000 disposable pads in 14 districts of Uganda since November of 2015.
“It has been very difficult to keep girls in schools, especially in Karamoja, where they have to use leaves,” said Dr. Edson Herbert Muhwezi, assistant representative at UNFPA Uganda. “There are no rags to use, some of them even sit in the sun hoping to dry. They are kept there isolated, staying four days and nights in the bush. It’s really dehumanizing.”
Nyanzi says that is unacceptable. She visits schools to pass out the pads donated to her Facebook group, urging the girls not to let their circumstances hold them down. (VOA)
As December is here, here are some of the books which you can read. At last, what is December known for if not Christmas lights, hot chocolate, and good books?
The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
The genre of the book is ‘sweet fiction’. The story is about is a father and son who are meeting for the first time in years on Christmas eve. Basically, this is a short novella about the meaning of life, death, and sacrifice. Moreover, Backman, with this book, remind us that life is a fleeting gift, and our legacies rest in how we share that gift with those we love. All-in-all, this is a book about compassion, which the world needs more than ever!
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
The genre of the book is ‘historical fiction and thriller’. Interestingly, this book is a reference to Robert W. Service’s poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew”. The story is primarily about the Allbright family, who move to the Alaskan wilderness, and there they face some ensuing challenges. Now, in order to know what challenges they face, read the book, please!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This is a classic book whose genre is ‘coming-of-age’. As the title itself suggests, the book is about four sisters who are not so well-off, but surely, their life is happening! The life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble. Truly cosy is what this book is!
Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood
Well, the genre of the book is ‘horror’. The story follows when Leah’s husband and son died a tragic death. So, to escape the ill thoughts, she hastily purchases a rundown farmhouse to get away from all of it. But soon after she moves in, Leah starts seeing and hearing things which aren’t there and shouldn’t be there. Oh, it’s December! A little tint of horror is a must, right?
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The wait is over for Polkadot’s and HUH Token’s launch and it’s not shocking that the two are causing ripples in the cryptocurrency world.
Polkadot’s creator co-founded Ethereum, one of the most well-known and well-used blockchains on the crypto market today that envisaged Ethereum being used in far-reaching ways that even he couldn’t conceive of.
Enter HUH Token, where its creators have not only understood the assignment but gone one step further… the multichain capabilities are unrivalled in the cryptocurrency market and that’s why Polkadot’s launch and HUH Token’s launch are going to make more than a little splash and here’s why and what they could offer you.
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Ethereum endeavoured to be the blockchain that had many applications, ones that could potentially benefit many others.
HUH Token have managed to continue this amazing endeavour with their multichain, which could add some safety for HUH Token holders against the volatile cryptocurrency market. This is just one of the amazing, forward-thinking aspects of HUH Token that you could be looking forward to coming its December 6th launch.
HUH Token’s torch might just be brighter than you thought because it’s harnessing the utility of a utility coin and the star power of a meme coin. Meaning that HUH Token’s cryptocurrency could be a force to be reckoned with.
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Polkadots on Ethereum
Fashion trends come and go, but it seems that Ethereum and by extension Polkadot, are fast becoming all cryptocurrency holder’s little black dress.
For good reason, with Polkadots launch the cryptocurrency world will see a plethora of untapped potential with its open-source capabilities and that might be one of the reasons it’s been a breakthrough name these past weeks.
Polkadot is set to rival its father, Ethereum and it will be an interesting progression to keep an eye on.
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HUH Token has no rivals on the cryptocurrency market as of its December 6th launch because it’s the first of its kind.
HUH Token’s Utimeme will bring in a new age of altcoin and with it a HUH Nation of holders, and you could be one of those.
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HUH Token is in its presale state but with the five days vastly becoming four, then three, then nil, you might want to become a holder sooner rather than later.
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By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
There is nothing better than a healthy glowing. What people dont tell you is that make-up also looks better on healthy rejuvenated skin. A lot of focus is given to cleansing and moisturising, but face massage is equally important. Massaging the face increases blood circulation and relaxes the skin, taking the stress and tiredness right out. Face massages can also help in collagen synthesis to ensure skin brightening and smoothening the fine lines. One should massage their face 2 to 3 times a week to get the desired results.
Rachit Gupta, Director, OxyGlow Cosmetics Pvt. Ltd. shares, "Facial skin is more delicate than the skin on the rest of the body and demands a lot of attention and care. Hectic lifestyles make the facial skin lose the sheen and natural glow. The solution for common problems like patchy skin tone, dullness, acne, scars or spots, premature ageing, etc is to include face massages with natural gels in one's routine. Gels are recommended especially as they suit varied skin types and do not harm the skin. They lightly moisturise and bring back the shine of the face. Just 5 minutes of care can give wonderful results not just in terms of a healthier skin but as a great stress buster."
Hectic lifestyles make the facial skin lose the sheen and natural glow. | Photo by Angélica Echeverry on Unsplash
What can a 5-minute massage do?
* By improving blood circulation gives a natural glow to the face
* Removes toxins by moving the lymphatic fluid
* Regular massages help in reducing fine lines and can keep wrinkles at bay
* Increases collagen production that helps in improving elasticity and preventing the skin from sagging, keeping it young
* Results in even and radiant skin tone, also help in reducing acne and scars
* Reduces stress not only in the muscles but also helps in relaxing mentally, leaving one's mood elevated
How to do it right?
* Wash your hands thoroughly
* Wash your face with water or a gentle face wash and pat dry
* Apply a natural face massage gel on the face
* Steam your face to help open up your pores
* Use your fingers to massage the skin with gentle pressure only. Massage in a circular motion. One can also use a roller
Things to keep in mind: Do not use a lot of pressure while massaging. Be careful and gentle around the eyes as the skin is very sensitive, use soft movement. Use slow and outward motion to massage your face. Move thoroughly and cover all areas from the forehead to the neck.
Be careful and gentle around the eyes as the skin is very sensitive, use soft movement. | Pxhere
Choose natural gels for massage which contain aloe vera and/or herbs or mint or rose. Gels provide light moisturising and are not oily. They provide much-needed nourishment to the facial skin. They are versatile and suit dry skin types as much as oily skin. Most people have combination skin and are always concerned about which product to choose. In this case, one cannot go wrong with natural gels. Gels also help in healing and mending the skin due to their beneficial ingredients. (IANS/ MBI)
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