In the Zomba District of southern Malawi, our partner PCI Malawi has trained a group of mentors and peer educators, who are referred to as ‘champions.’ These champions are adolescent girls from the community that already use Ruby Cups and want to learn how to support others. They hold frequent meetings with peers in secure spaces to discuss issues affecting them. In this way, Ruby Cup champions provide community safe havens where girls can go with any doubts or questions they may have.
The Ruby Cup champion program has demonstrated that it is not only the new cup users that benefit from having an expert to consult, but the champions themselves, who build confidence in their body fluency and role within their community. One champion mentioned the pride and gratification she felt knowing that she was the community member called upon each time a girl or elder woman had questions about menstruation. Another champion similarly shared how honored she felt to now be viewed as a role model.