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Under Project Dignity, over 50,000 Softcups® were distributed to girls and women in 16 countries.

Sanitary protection is a basic and often unmet need in developing countries. Many girls and women resort to using old rags or leaves to absorb their menstrual flow, increasing their chances of reproductive tract infections. UNICEF estimates that one in 10 African girls miss school during menses and eventually drop out completely due to menstruation-related issues. According to a report published in 2012, it is estimated that about half of adolescent girls in Kenyan slums have had sex with older men to pay for a range of basic items they cannot otherwise afford, including sanitary pads.

Under Project Dignity, over 50,000 Softcups were distributed from 2013 to 2015 to girls and women in 16 countries with the goal of improving personal hygiene and keeping more women and girls in school and work settings. Invented by a woman for women, Softcup is a soft, non-irritating cup that captures menstrual flow effectively and can be washed and reused. It can be worn for 12 hours with no link to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

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