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DARE Womens Foundation,Tanzania: Reusable Sanitary Pads

In June 2019 I had a half day opportunity, while on a cross-continental Africa trip, to make a visit to the DARE Womens Foundation based in Arusha, Tanzania.
The Foundation was more than an hour drive each way which gave me only an hour to make a quick visit, speak with the ladies and make some portraits of the project they were involved with. After shooting with the ladies I spent a brief time getting some info about the reusable sanitary towels they are also making at other workshops.

Above and below you can see two different patents for the sanitary towels which are partly made from highly absorbent off-cut fabrics imported by another NGO to Tanzania for this use.

Their website includes patterns for marine and hand sewing the pads as well as templates for cutting the pattern out.

They are still working on design and patent it seemed as there were a few different versions available for me to see. Below is one ‘pack’ that was available 7 washable and exchangeable cotton/microfibre cloths which slip into the main ‘holder’ (top left) which is then attached to the underwear. They include a diagrammatical info sheet.

From the DARE website:

PROBLEM
Many Tanzanian women, especially in rural areas, do not have access to feminine hygiene products because stores are far away and it is expensive to afford them each month. They use old cloth and cornhusks instead, which can cause fungal infections and embarrassing leaks and odors. This creates a barrier to their work and education because many girls skip school and work during menstruation.

SOLUTION
The Dare Women’s Foundation is training women to make reusable pads. A core group of women will start their own small businesses making and selling pads. Reusable pads are cheaper than disposable pads, last up to a year, are environmentally friendly, and eliminate the need to go to a store each month. Check out our sewing pattern and instruction manual to learn how to make your own reusable pads!

Above top right, they include soap bars in all the sanitary packs as well.

From their About Us page:

The Dare Women’s Foundation is an NGO working to empower Tanzanian women and girls, with a focus on rural areas, through poverty alleviation, social justice, economic empowerment, and gender equality.

Many of the women we work with have endured tragedies such as rape, discrimination, domestic violence. Most all of them deal with lack of feminine hygiene care, little nutrition and conservation education, young marriage, and large family size due to lack of contraception and sex education.

​By bringing these women together, educating them about their rights, giving them a voice, and supporting them in their endeavors, the Dare Women’s Foundation is changing Tanzania one woman at a time. When you educate a girl, you educate a community.

Below: Each set of pads, soap & instructions etc. comes in its own handmade textile bag for discretion.

The below comes from the website as well.

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DARE Womens Foundation, Tanzania: Entrepreneurship

In June 2019 I had a half day opportunity, while on a cross-continental Africa trip, to make a visit to the DARE Womens Foundation based in Arusha, Tanzania. The Foundation was more than an hour drive each way which gave me only an hour to make a quick visit, speak with the ladies and make some portraits of the project they were involved with.

Below you can see some examples of the products the women here are making. The picture of my feet was just a humours observation though. The ladies offered me their shoes to move around more easily in so I could shoot outdoors without having to lace up my trainers each time.

DARE Women’s Foundation works to help women start small businesses by providing micro loans and encouraging creativity and innovation.

Some projects include making carpets and handbags out of littered produce bags, making shoes out of recycled tires and making jewellery out of beads, fabric, and local plants.

It is difficult for Tanzanian women to access the support they need to start their own small businesses, such as micro loans or advising. Earning an income for women means empowerment. When women contribute to their household’s income, they are often more respected by their male peers and research has shown that women are likely to spend their money on their children’s education. (Text from the DARE website) 

I had another look at their website and wanted to share their “About us” page…

The Dare Women’s Foundation is an NGO working to empower Tanzanian women and girls, with a focus on rural areas, through poverty alleviation, social justice, economic empowerment, and gender equality.

Many of the women we work with have endured tragedies such as rape, discrimination, domestic violence. Most all of them deal with lack of feminine hygiene care, little nutrition and conservation education, young marriage, and large family size due to lack of contraception and sex education.

​By bringing these women together, educating them about their rights, giving them a voice, and supporting them in their endeavors, the Dare Women’s Foundation is changing Tanzania one woman at a time. When you educate a girl, you educate a community.

The Dare Women’s Foundation is located in Tanzania and is currently working in the Tanga region (Mtae and Mambo villages) and Arusha region (Malala, Majengo, Moshono and Olasiti villages). It was in Arusha that I met the ladies who I photographed.

Above you can see the plastic “wool” this lady is crocheting with.

Below is one of the crotchet clutch bags the ladies make. This one is made from recycled plastic bags and beads.

At each meeting/workshop the ladies take turns to cook for each other.

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Sanctuary: The 2008 Xenophobic Attacks, Cape Town

Xenophobia: The intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.

Sanctuary: A refuge, a haven, a retreat in times of trouble.

In 2008 many traumatised Zimbabwean nationals took refuge in a community church in Observatory, Cape Town. During the riots, more than 60 people died and many were left destitute and injured. I spent time getting to know many of these individuals and discussed their experiences as refugees in South Africa.

The church acted as a sanctuary for the families, many of which widowed were women with very young children. With thanks to their participation I documented a series of portraits of the mothers who were housed there. The church environment itself created a strange paradox: both a sacred place for communities to come together yet at this time it was for those rejected by their neighbours.

The series was documented on medium format B&W roll film shooting with a twin lens Mamiya C3.

 

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Exhibition: Point Blank
Women & Activism

PH Centre photographic gallery, exhibition space and book art store opens new show

 
Point Blank Group Exhibition 22 August 2019
Sharing the self-generated projects of nine women photographers, Point Blank, highlights the critical role of visual activism through photography. In each body of work, seen in an abridged format for this exhibition, we are directed to a larger series in which each photographer expresses in images, social landscapes in need of deeper public scrutiny and action.
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