Empowering Girls One Pad at a Time | TEDxMonroviaWomen
Menstruation is an issue for over 50% of the World’s population, yet it is rarely discussed. Naomi raises the alarm in this Talk about the problems monthly menstruation can cause in a girl’s education. She provides solutions that empower girls – one pad at a time. A Liberian Feminist, human right activist, humanitarian and the Founder/Executive Director of Community Health Initiative (CHI), a local ngo that provides healthcare and social services to women and children in underserved, hard to reach communities, Naomi Tulay-Solanke has built a career in female advocacy, focusing on providing health and social services for girls and women. As a Social Entrepreneur, Naomi launched PAD4GIRLS, a solution to address menstrual health hygiene challenge through the training of local women’s groups to produce locally made reusable sanitary pads, making their products accessible to school going girls, and directly impacting on retention and education. A Fellow at Global Entrepreneur Summit 2016, Dr. F. Raleigh Humanitarian Award Recipient (Harvard), an ASPERN New Voice Fellow and an ASHOKA Fellow, Naomi also helps communities as owner of Winnie’s Pharmaceutical Store, which provides medicines and supplies in underprivileged, slum areas. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.