Photo and Videography by Nikolaj Rohde Simonsen

Introducing Mary Consolata, the founder of She For She, the organization that empowers women by providing a safe and affordable way for Uganda’s girls to manage their periods and live healthy lives. By giving Ugandan women the means to produce and sell affordable, reusable feminine hygiene products, girls are able to stay in school and well-paying jobs are created for women in the process. It’s a win-win situation that all started with the vision of Mary Consolata, a Ugandan-born Danish citizen who saw an opportunity to strengthen and empower women in her home country.

In her own words:

“I can’t imagine getting up in the morning and not being able to leave my apartment because I have my period. Not being able to go to the pool or do fitness, or work because I’ve got my period. Something so natural and something that all women have been experiencing for so many years. So when I heard that girls from my village in Uganda where I grew up are not attending school when they have their period, I was like: I have to do something!”.

Watch our short documentary on Mary Consolata and get some insight into the original concept as well as how she made it all happen.

You can find further details on the She For She website and learn more about how to get involved with this amazing organization. Feel free to catch up with the rest from our Introducing series here.