Valerie W Naidoo

Wireless female Network

What does your company do?

The Wireless Female Network focuses on the socio-economic advancement of women, girls and youth and to reduce gender inequalities. The following channels are a call to action: Period and Menopausal health, Education and Training and Women Empowerment. Our projects and campaigns have brought relief to females from underserved communities by providing them with period products while also creating a community that addresses stigmas in MHM. Training and education has been provided to the girl and boy child to encourage peer to peer learning in MHM. One of our other programs while primarily focuses on women empowerment also includes Menstrual health Management, female leadership and Mentorship to alleviate the gender skills gap especially in South Africa.

What is your biggest success?

I've piloted a virtual program to 100 females on the African continent that is called "AcceleratHer Periods:Managing the gender gap" This concept was conceptualized during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and became more than a training program, it offered mentorship to a virtual community at a time when people were experiencing a crisis. Many of those that had joined the program have become supporters of the program and now serve as mentors. The success of this program also inspired me to launch the first Menstrual health station in the Kwazulu-Natal province in South Africa on the 11th of October 2023.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Period and menopausal health remains a taboo subject, and there is a strong need for corporates and education sectors to adopt it into their well-being strategy. We cannot have gender equality without menstrual health management. My biggest hurdle remains with getting funding to roll out the training.