As a MHM champion, I can bring positive change in the lives of female community members!

Saima is holding IEC material while conducting an awareness raising session in her community
Image: WaterAid/ Arshad Ali

Saima, 20, is a MHM champion from Phul Shoro village. She is married and has a 3 years daughter. She lives with her husband, daughter and mother in law.

Saima became a MHM champion under HerWASH project when her mother in law supported her to become one. Saima has been selected as a MHM champion from her village but she travels to her native village (where her parents stay) to raise awareness on MHM. Saima has completed her primary school and is one of the most educated girls of her village.

I was a shy girl and never thought of ever discussing the bold topic of MHM even with my female fellows. But, when I and my mother in law attended an awareness session on MHM that was organised by WaterAid, my mother in law forced me to become a MHM champion too. She was so keen that I can utilise my education and may work for the betterment of the community.

I was so unsure about myself being a not-so-confident but when I opted for MHM Champion, it was just a new world for me where I used and polished by skills. Earlier, community females were reluctant to discuss this issue with me but now, female visit me often in case they need any guidance on their periods or hygienic practices. Also, I have started a chain of sessions with the girls who are close to puberty so that the practices can be followed from the start.