In the heart of Rupandehi district, Nepal, a transformative initiative is making waves in the realm of menstrual hygiene management. The Freedom Kit Bag (FKB) program, driven by the Movement of Hygienic and ZERO WASTE MENSTRUATION, is not just about providing sanitary products but about revolutionizing attitudes towards menstrual health while championing environmental sustainability.


Spanning across 12 municipalities, the FKB program has established 9 groups of peer educators, each comprising 18 dedicated members. These peer educators have undergone rigorous Training of Trainers (TOT) sessions focused on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), equipping them with the knowledge and skills to educate their communities on Hygienic Menstruation, Zero Waste Menstruation, Menopause, and Psychoeducation.


The essence of the FKB program lies in its holistic approach. Beyond distributing eco-friendly sanitary pads, the program integrates essential educational components. Recipients of the FKBs participate in four-hour training sessions that delve into the intricacies of menstruation, its physical and mental impacts, menopause, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This comprehensive approach ensures that women and girls not only have access to essential menstrual hygiene products but are also empowered with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.


Moreover, the commitment to sustainability extends further. The dedicated team at CIN FKB goes the extra mile by voluntarily teaching girls and women how to hand-sew cotton menstrual pads. This grassroots effort not only promotes environmental consciousness by reducing waste but also fosters self-sufficiency within the community, empowering women to take charge of their menstrual hygiene needs.


The impact of the FKB program reverberates throughout the community. Peer educators diligently deliver sessions on SRHR, Hygienic Menstruation, Zero Waste Menstruation, Menopause, and Psychoeducation in schools and women's groups, sparking conversations and breaking taboos surrounding menstrual health. By empowering women and girls with knowledge and resources, the FKB program is paving the way for a healthier, more informed, and environmentally conscious future.


Moreover, our FKB team collaborates with local municipalities to offer a 7-day training program on FKB production, Menstruation Education, and FKB Marketing, empowering women interested in entrepreneurship. This initiative provides women with the skills and knowledge needed to produce FKBs, conduct effective marketing strategies, and educate others about menstrual hygiene management. By fostering entrepreneurship among women, the program not only promotes economic empowerment but also strengthens community resilience and sustainability. Through this collaborative effort, women are equipped with the tools to create meaningful change in their lives and communities, contributing to a brighter and more equitable future for all.


In collaboration with local municipalities, the FKB program not only transforms menstrual hygiene management but also serves as a catalyst for women's empowerment and community development. As the program continues to expand its reach and influence, it exemplifies the power of grassroots initiatives in driving positive change and fostering inclusive, sustainable societies.