Frequently Asked Questions
What we do is simply the research, policy and practice of women and children interventions, with core in Menstrual Health and Hygiene.
We also work on issues of Gender Equality, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage as they are essential to dignified menstruation.
Our beneficiaries are women, girls and children in undeserved, low-middle income communities between ages 5 and 60.
You can make donations through direct transfers to our bank account.
- A/C Name: One Voice Initiative for Women and Children Emancipation
- A/C No: 0453611252 Bank: Guaranty Trust Bank
- A/C No: 1016000464 Bank: Zenith Bank
Write a cheque to "One Voice Initiative for Women and Children Emancipation" and have it delivered to 3, Adewumi Street, Atilola House, Off University of Ibadan Road, Agbowo, Ibadan.
We identify our beneficiaries in the following ways;
- Household visitation.
- School visitation.
- Community outreaches.
Any individual who wishes to join OVIWCE can do so in the following ways:
- Become a volunteer by assisting us before, during and after our programmes.
- Become a donor or both.
- Engage your social media followers with the mission of OVIWCE.
To volunteer, you can send us an e-mail or fill out the volunteer form on the website.
You can partner with OVIWCE as follows:
- State Chapter Projects. Minimum beneficiary target: 500 people.
- Participating in our online webinars, twitter chats hosted by us and other global partners.
- Central Projects. Minimum beneficiary target: 2,000 people.
- Fund or donate annually or quarterly to our budget.
- Donating period materials in collaboration with us during our MHM Education programmes.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is the cutting of the female genitalia often called clitoris or the Labia Menora.
Girls and women cannot practice good menstrual health and hygiene at home, at school, at work or in other public settings, due to a combination discriminatory social environment, inaccurate information, poor facilities, and limited choice of absorbent materials. Public infrastructure and policies in health, WASH, and education under-prioritise and under-resource menstrual hygiene, support, and knowledge.
In addition, myths and taboos often promote a high level of secrecy about even the most basic menstruation facts – leading to shame and exclusion for women and girls.
Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) refers to management of hygiene associated with the menstrual process.
SRHR is simply Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). These are fundamental rights of women and girls. Access to safe and dignified menstruation is a fundamental need for women and girls.
WASH is an acronym for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Inaccessible WASH facilities are barriers for women and girls managing their menstruation hygienically and with dignity.
A growing evidence base from low- and middle-income countries shows that many girls are not able to manage their menses and associated hygiene with ease and dignity. This deprivation is even more acute for girls and women in emergencies.
Menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) encompass both MHM and the broader systemic factors that link menstruation with health, well-being, gender equality, education, equity, empowerment, and rights.
A menstruator is a person who menstruates and therefore has menstrual health and hygiene needs – including girls, women, transgender and non-binary persons.
Menstrual hygiene materials are the products used to catch menstrual flow, such as pads, cloths, tampons or cups.
Menstrual supplies are other supportive items needed for MHH, such as body and laundry soap, underwear and pain relief items.
Menstrual facilities are those facilities most associated with a safe and dignified menstruation, such as toilets and water infrastructure.
We provide households, motherless homes, orphanages, schools and communities with food relief and other essential needs as and when due.
Menstruation or menses is the natural bodily process of releasing blood and associated matter from the uterus through the vagina as part of the menstrual cycle.
Menarche is the onset of menstruation, the time when a girl has her first menstrual period.