Two hours a week just wasn’t enough. Elvira and the young girls she counsels needed more time to talk about body image, self-esteem, and career goals; topics they can’t discuss with their family or at school.
Sarah had a big task. She was elected by 1,300 classmates to teach sexual and reproductive rights, how to stop violence against girls in school, and what it means to be a leader. The then 16-year-old from Kampala, Uganda, rose to the challenge.
A local myth in Nirosha’s Sri Lankan town made her believe that a woman’s period is “bad blood leaving the body.” In fact, in this Buddhist community, some parents don’t allow their daughters to go to temple when they are having their periods.