Kosmotive Champions Menstrual Health Awareness with Engaging Educational Campaigns

By Esther Muhozi
On 25 May 2024 at 07:26

Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Month, celebrated annually, aims to combat stigma and raise awareness about the challenges faced by millions of women and girls globally due to menstruation. The inception of this observance reflects a growing recognition of menstrual hygiene as a critical public health issue, one that impacts women’s education, health, and overall well-being. Kosmotive’s efforts this month highlight their commitment to this cause, showcasing a blend of educational outreach and creative expression to challenge menstrual taboos.

In an ongoing effort to improve reproductive, maternal, and child health across Rwanda, Kosmotive, a pioneering social enterprise founded in 2014 by Blandine Umuziranenge, is leading a transformative initiative during this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Month. Throughout May, the organization has orchestrated a series of events designed to foster dialogue, educate, and empower women and girls about menstrual health.

Blandine Umuziranenge The Founder Of Komotive

One poignant event was held last Saturday, the 18th of May, at Groupe Scolaire Notre Dame de Byumba, a school in Gicumbi. Kosmotive’s team, along with a cadre of all-female poets, engaged students in a day filled with educational poetry, discussions, and activities designed to empower young girls. The poets—Esther, Sandrine, Belinda, and Delah—used and still are their art to educate and inspire, emphasizing the importance of menstrual health management and breaking the silence around menstruation.

Sandrine One of the Creative Poet
Muhozi Esther One of the Poets Performing
Belinda One Of The Poets
Dela Dube A poet and Performer

The initiative continued with a noteworthy event at the Centre culturel français du Rwanda on May 21st. The evening was marked by profound poetry readings and discussions on the environmental impacts of menstrual products and the societal implications of menstrual stigma. This event not only provided a platform for dialogue but also showcased sustainable menstrual practices, an essential aspect of Kosmotive’s mission.

Moreover, the campaign is reaching Gashora Girls School on May 25th, where the team will hold sessions from 1pm to 3pm. Here, the focus will be on inspiring young girls to be bold in conversations about menstrual hygiene, reinforcing the message that managing menstruation should not be a barrier to any woman’s progress.

In addition to these targeted sessions, Kosmotive announces a highly anticipated SWR event on May 29th at the Mundi Center that entails a positive impact, ensuring that the community can fully engage with the campaign’s message and activities.

Through interactive workshops, art exhibitions, and panel discussions, Kosmotive is not just educating but also actively reducing the stigma associated with menstruation. Each event is a step towards empowering women and girls, providing them with the tools and confidence to advocate for their health rights.

As Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Month continues, the expected outcomes are substantial—increased awareness, reduced stigma, and stronger community ties—all contributing to a more informed and supportive society through collaborative efforts and community engagement, Kosmotive is shaping a future where menstrual health is recognized and respected as a right, not a privilege.

Kosmotive Team Members
A team Member Of Kosmotiv Explaining about Reusable Sanitary Pads
One Of The Visited Schools Very Happy with the Visit And Education Rendered to them
A panel Educating about Menstrual Hygiene To the peaple that attented the One of The Events