At a Ugandan Factory, Workers Prove That ‘Periods Don’t Pause for Pandemics’
By Kelli Rogers
Joyce Shida’s schedule is back to normal; she travels to and from her job each day, taking precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19. But from April through July, the 28-year-old quality auditor lived inside the factory where she works in southwestern Uganda.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ugandan government in April declared that businesses could only continue operating if workers remained on the premises. The team at AFRIpads, a domestic social enterprise that produces reusable menstrual products, faced a tough decision: Shut down and sell off stocks, or transform the factory into a co-living space to remain in operation.
Photo courtesy of Business Call to Action.