Poverty January 31, 2022 | 10:25 am

BRA trains adolescents to recycle sanitary napkins

Monte Plata, Dominican Rep.-  Adolescents from this province will be instructed from next February with techniques on the elaboration, use, recycling and proper conservation of sanitary napkins during their menstruation period, within the framework of the project “Supporting girls in education and management of health and menstrual hygiene,” which implements the BRA Women’s Empowerment Initiative.

This program seeks to respond to the results of a study conducted in 2021 by Batey Relief Alliance (BRA), in collaboration with the School of Public Health of the University of Minnesota, which detected that about 20% of young women in high schools in the bateyes and sugar communities of Monte Plata lose between 2 and 3 days of school per month when they have menstruation due to the lack of access to an item as basic as sanitary pads.

The president of the board of directors of BRA Dominicana, Dr. Togarma Rodríguez said: “this situation is so entrenched that not only girls understand that it is best to stay at home during those days, but also their male peers see it as an alternative.

When boys were asked whether or not girls should stay at home during their period, more than 65.2% answered in the affirmative.”

He added that this forced absence of girls to schools due to the lack of sanitary pads clearly damages their school performance, which puts them at a disadvantage compared to their male counterpart.

Another aspect of the problem that Dr. Rodríguez focused on is that with only a single income in the household to support an average family of four, the scarce amount of money in these impoverished and vulnerable communities is often not enough to sustain the basic needs of food and housing, so buying disposable sanitary napkins becomes a luxury that few minors can afford.

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January 31, 2022 10:34 am

Why are the young women living in the batey’s not able to afford disposable sanitary napkins? Why are these people not paid a livable wage? That should be the DR response to this problem. So let’s bring these yukki solutions to these poor people should not be your response.

January 31, 2022 6:07 pm
Reply to  SillyPutty

I agree with yu but at the same time we as Dominican can’t even provide that for our people and here the Haitians come to look for a job and bring their whole family across that’s not part of the agreement yu come and yu work and yu go , simple but they don’t want to go back to Haiti so know we have the poor Dominicans and the superpoor Haitians to care for and our gdp is 80 billion with 10.5m people and another 1.5 million Haitians Haiti doesn’t care for. how about we ask America for help ask France to help us with yur people because we can’t do it alone a pack of pads are equivalent to almost a whole day of labor for a person in the batay, yu think they gonna give their whole day of pay for a pack of pads ? Hell no so that’s falls on our country and we don’t have the funds for that so my best option for Haitians is migrate to the us or Europe we can’t even care for our own people Smfh it’s just reality and I mean no disrespect Haitians are why we even eat today cuz the Dominicans don’t do shit but drink and am one of em ??‍♂️

January 31, 2022 8:23 pm
Reply to  Drfinest

Respect your position but we peacefully disagree. Nothing wrong with that. I have been to the bateys in your country, at least several of them. Most are owned by super rich people who do not pay livable wages. Vicini etc. I went to one near San Pedro de Macoris. Poor as hell. Yet, the owner something Hasim had just ordered a 2 million dollar yacht. Greed at the expense of young women who are expected to recycle sanitary napkins. The govt should step in and mandate a livable wage.

January 31, 2022 8:47 pm
Reply to  Chilliwest

And majority of the batays are sugar cane crops, who are owned by American companies… we are trying to tax them now , so they can either take care of them or we are going to deport them is very simple majority of the batays are owned by American companies, and this is we’re we disagree. Back in 1924 when the us invaded the Dominican Republic they forced the Haitians to work at the batays if they wanted to stay In the country and honestly we didn’t want that, that’s how we have 1million + stateless people who were born in dr but are not Dominican .. the Us have created a lot of these problems but yet we get barely eny help from them their resolve to all this is for us to deport them and that’s what we are going to do , we don’t have a choice is either take care of Haiti or dr and we are Dominican and are going to take care of our people , what’s crazy is when the vaccine first came out America said AMERICA 1st we could purchase anything from them because they choose to take care of their people first and we will do the same Dominicans come first , we will take care of the Haitians who are legal but other than that we will not leave our people for any one else when even AMERIKKA WHO IS THE RICHESt don’t care not don’t want to am sorry we can’t we don’t have the funds

January 31, 2022 8:53 pm
Reply to  Chilliwest

And between me and yu my honest opinion is let the Dominicans work the Bateys … wtf they lazzy and all they do is drink presidente ??‍♂️

kenneth dombrowski
April 22, 2022 6:15 pm

Keep recycling feminine sanitary products….sounds like a Third World Country.