Sister Speak Global, fighting period poverty through the power of high heels

With spring energy on the rise, we want to start this sunny season with empowering content. In celebration of International Women's Day, we are dedicating March to female entrepreneurs. Ambitious women that saw a problem girls and women are confronted with, and came up with a solution.

In the previous weeks, we talked about what Femtech is, femtech startups and women entrepreneurs that focus on women care, and we had the pleasure to talk with Kathrin, the founder of Femtech Insider.

Today we want to share with you another super cool initiative, one that raises its power all the way from Kenya.

“There is strength in sisterhood” say the founders of Sister Speak Globally. We couldn't agree more and totally support this. And what other way to spread their initiative than to share with you lovely peeps, the amazing things these global sisters do?!

Sister Speak Global is an organization that offers female-centered events. The founders, Monica Muhoya, Angela Waweru and Angela Muiruri, offer women a safe environment through curated events that increase the feeling of empowerment, confidence and support in order to pursue their goals and purpose in life. Their mission is to use barter trade (exchanging heels for menstrual pads) for social good to raise awareness about period poverty, offer menstrual products and education as well as deconstruct myths by normalizing menstrual conversations in public spaces in Kenya.

Their events focus on various aspects of women's life: from youth and mental health to eliminating gender based violence.

For their latest events, keep an eye on their social platforms on Instagram and Facebook

Besides their events, Sisters Speak Global initiated a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) campaign. Called Heels4Pads, is fighting period poverty while empowering women and girls, and advancing gender equality through access to menstrual health management.

Period poverty affects girls and women all over the world, and in Kenya more than 12 million primary school girls do not attend school due to a lack of menstrual products. Heels4Pads has a positive impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as following:

  • Goal 4: ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all

  • Goal 5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  • Goal 6: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

  • Goal 17: partnership for the goals

How does Heels4Pads work?

The CSR campaigns uses a sustainable approach to provide menstrual products for girls and women while offering support for young female professionals to enter the job market. Heels4Pads accepts heels and o