UN Women in Lebanon just announced that the awaited machines to produce local and quality sanitary pads in Tripoli have arrived to help fight period poverty.
Funded by Japan, this initiative by the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and the Roof and Roots initiative, has a double aim.
It will produce quality and affordable menstrual hygiene products through the establishment of local manufacturing units while supporting local women with employment to empower them economically.
“We are meeting the urgent needs created by Period Poverty while creating jobs, testing local, sustainable, and female-led business solutions,” said the head of UN Women in Lebanon, Rachel Dore-Weeks.
She indicated that “in the next 3 months, more than 30,000 quality pads will be produced and distributed through a Tripoli-based social enterprise.”
In turn, the Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon, Takeshi Okubo, expressed his pleasure in “starting the implementation of the UN Women project in Tripoli,” which is funded by his country.
“The project aims to create job opportunities for women and empower them economically,” Ambassador Okubo noted. “There is no doubt that the economic stability in Tripoli means a lot to Lebanon. Japan will continue to support them.”