Male Students In Connecticut High School Launch Fundraiser for Feminine Products to Help Female Classmates

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Kiyama Movement students show support for female peers with feminine product launch.

Kiyama Movement students and leaders receive donations from alumnae

This campaign is designed to promote the need for freely accessible tampons and pads in restrooms outside the home, including schools.

A group of male high school students associated with the Kiyama Movement at James Hillhouse High School in New Haven have decided to tackle the issue of gender inequality in a very unique way.

The group is raising funds and awareness about feminine products.

“The Kiyama students read an article which stated that 86 percent of women report that they’ve started their period unexpectedly in public without the supplies they need,” said author and criminal defense lawyer Michael Jefferson, the founder of the movement. “This campaign is designed to promote the need for freely accessible tampons and pads in restrooms outside the home, including schools.”

Kiyama means “Resurrection” and “Judgment Day” in Swahili and is dedicated to promoting self-improvement among African-American males of all ages.

Kiyama was founded May 19, 2005, as a tribute to Malcolm X on the 80th anniversary of his birthday.

The movement has five key principles: Respect for life, sexual responsibility, commitment to fatherhood, respect for womanhood, and economic accountability.

“I’m so proud of the way these young men have tackled this issue,” said former James Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina, who launched the Kiyama program at the school in 2011. “They have shown a degree of maturity far beyond their years. They see the value in this effort and they should be commended.”

Donations and products can be sent to: James Hillhouse High School 480 Sherman Pkwy, New Haven, CT 06511 c/o Kermit Carolina.

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