Nothing will stop US!

A round-up of our menstrual hygiene campaign and celebrations

In April 2018 we launched our biggest campaign ever to empower women, girls and communities in Kenya. Nothing Will Stop ME which aimed to remove myths about menstruation, confront taboos and raise awareness of the importance of good menstrual hygiene.

Supported by the Yetu Initiative and working alongside the global menstrual hygiene campaign developed by WASH United, we wanted to create as much noise as possible in the build-up to menstrual hygiene month and our own day of celebration in May.

THANKS to YOUR support through donations and sharing our message, we ran events for approximately 3,000 people in Kenya and reached almost half a million people on social media. To date we have raised almost €10,000 to continue our work with communities, and these were match funded by Yetu Organisation through to 15 June 2018.

Asante.

Social Sharing

Throughout April 2018 we asked you to join our Thunderclap, which sent out a single message on 1 May 2018 to launch menstrual hygiene month. The Thunderclap promotion was designed to make as much noise as possible, reach new people and kick start an exciting month of fundraising and action, the great news is:

  • 127 supporters signed up
  • The message reached 430,000 people across Facebook and Twitter
  • It was shared in 32 cities across 12 countries

Following the launch we saw a big increase in support and followers on our Facebook page. During May 2018 more than 32,000 people viewed our campaign posts and we gained 220 new followers.

The Brighter Communities Anthem

One of the highlights of our 2018 MH Day Nothing Will Stop Me campaign was the launch of our campaign song created by Suzanne Gachukia-Opembe, an established music artist and producer in Kenya and also the wife of the then Kenyan ambassador to Ireland, Mr Richard A Opembe.

The anthem is a clear message to women and girls, that nothing should stop them achieving their dreams. The song supports the aims of the menstrual hygiene campaign, but also the values and beliefs of Brighter Communities Worldwide and our work in Kenya. To empower communities to achieve a brighter future.

Suzanne herself wrote the lyrics and brought together a mix of artists from Kenya to create the perfect pop song and video. The artists then went a step further and travelled to Londiani to launch the song at our celebration day in 2018. Brighter Communities Worldwide co-founder and volunteer, Maria Kidney said:

“The day was amazing and I want to say a huge thank you to Suzanne and Sub-Sahara Entertainment for bringing this song to us. The words inspired us to believe in our dreams, and to believe that we can be all that we can be. This song has the potential to empower communities across Kenya and beyond.” 

Nothing can stop YOU

We need your support. We want to continue our work in Kenyan communities and need your help to achieve that. Please continue to follow our work, sign up to our newsletter, volunteer in Ireland or Kenya or become a regular giver.

We are committed to celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day annually and we will continue our campaigning and fundraising efforts. Nothing can stop us now, we have so much more to achieve.

#NothingWillStopMe #NoMoreLimits #MenstruationMatters #TimeForAction

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