Girls Run Period is an initiative of Maama Watali that supports our overall mandate to address all forms of gender-based violence. 

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Kapsisiywa 2024!  

From March 18, 2024 to March 23, 2024

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is home to more than 500 million women who account for about half of the continent’s population and 14% of the female population wordwide. About 47% of them are of reproductive age, defined as between 15 and 49 years (World Bank. 2016)

Women is SSA are more likely to die from communicable diseases (e.g. HIV, tuberculosis and malaria), maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies, than women in other regions. Globally, about 468 million women aged 15-49 years (30% of all women) are thought to be anaemic, at least half because of iron deficiency and most of these anaemic women live in Africa (48-57%) (WHO, 2020). In some settings, gender discrimination means girls are less likely to access to vaccines, health services, health services and good nutrition than their male counterparts.

Girls Run Period Named as Finalist in Women Empowerment Category in UNWTO's Awake Tourism Challenge

Girls Run Period has been selected as a finalist in the Women Empowerment category of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO’s) Awake Tourism Challenge. This global competition, which focused on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), received over 2,000 entries from 120 countries worldwide. Girls Run Period’s innovative approach to promoting girls’ health, education and wellbeing through physical fitness, training and economic opportunities in Africa garnered it recognition as one of the top three finalists in the Women Empowerment category.

The Awake Tourism Challenge was the second edition of the UNWTO Global Startup Competition and attracted entries from every global region. The winners were selected for their innovative approach to sustainable tourism and their ability to contribute to the development of an inclusive, resilient and sustainable tourism sector.

Girls Run Period is honoured to have been selected as a winner and is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. The organization looks forward to making a meaningful impact in the lives of girls and women across Africa and promoting sustainable tourism through its initiatives.

Girls Run - Kapsisiywa Run 2024

Our annual signature event will be held in different parts of African to boost tourism and support local economies as we promote girls’ education. 


Athletics Kenya sanctioned cross country event anticipating 3000 athletes from ages 5 – 100

  • Distribution of 3000 reusable menstrual kits to support young ladies who miss school due to period poverty.
  • In conjunction with Nandi County government, a 2 day medical camp will be held in Kapsisiywa to support a number of women-s health issues including training on use of reusable menstrual kits.
  • Nandi County to organize an arts and culture exhibition to showcase the unique history of this region.
  • A number of high-profile athletes will be on hand during the event including Eliud Kipchoge.

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