10 March 2023

Tia, the unstoppable young girl

“I love playing futsal so much,” says Tia, age 11, a 6th grade student at one of Primary School in Larantuka, Flores Timur District, East Nusa Tenggara. She flashes a wide grin – an expression she has rarely shown over the past year.   When Tia was in 5th grade, she was the first among her peers to get her period. Much to her surprise, she learned…, Managing Menstruation with OkyApp , She had a welcome breakthrough in January 2023, when Tia’s school became part of the UNICEF- Menstrual Hygiene Management intervention programme supported by Kimberly-Clark Softex. Tia was introduced to “Oky”, the first period tracker created by girls for girls.   "My first-year menstrual experience was tiresome and depressing. But with this new…, Working together to support girls’ health , Since December 2019, KC Softex has been supporting UNICEF’s work to improve girls’ health and hygiene practices, including menstrual health management, through the #DariSaudari campaign. The focus of the partnership for 2022 – 2024 is menstrual health and hygiene education, targeting 10,000 young girls. The programme is also expected to reach 80,…, Nothing can stop me now , By participating in the programme and using the Oky app, Tia now understands that many things she heard about menstruation are just myths. She has become more confident as she can easily track her period and plan ahead for her football, futsal or volleyball matches. Best of all, she is now fully aware that having a period does not have to get in…
25 April 2022

Indonesian students break taboos, misconception surrounding menstruation

Artika could barely contain her excitement as she waited in line to have her body temperature checked before entering her classroom. That morning in March 2021, students in Banten Province, Indonesia returned to school for in-person learning after having mostly online classes for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides meeting her friends and…, Youth as Agent of Change, One of the key strategies for the MHM program is the involvement of youth health cadres ( Kader Kesehatan Remaja, KKR), a group of student volunteers that help initiate, organize and lead the activities and campaigns. The strategy was based on a UNICEF survey that most girls are more comfortable talking about puberty with other girls, including…, Behaviour Change, Artika, Daniel and Cucuk said the programme has created behaviour change among students and good practices at school. According to Artika, the MHM programme has helped female students to overcome unnecessary embarrassment related to menstruation and have their needs addressed by the schools that provide sanitary pads and better toilets. "The boys…, How You Can Help, The above story is just one example of how UNICEF works with schools to raise awareness on reproductive health and reduce bullying among Junior High School students. There are still many teenagers who need the support of programs like this. The success of this program will be a major milestone so that it can continue in other regions in Indonesia…