2015 Projects
The SAND Project
Tomas Uribe, Paola Duran, Violeta Trinidad, Alejandra Chacra, Mariana Rich
The New School for Public Engagement, Media Studies (Graduate), Pratt Institute

The purpose of this project is to design and implement an innovative garment that addresses menstrual hygiene and women’s vulnerability in emergency situations.

The purpose of this project is to analyze women’s vulnerability in emergency situations, and to show an innovative feasible solution that addresses menstrual hygiene. The SAND Project consists in a carefully designed jacket that includes an embedded vacuum-sealed bag with reusable pads and a step-by-step instruction guide. Taking into account the historical background of natural and man-made disasters, women’s vulnerability is one of the most pressing issues that needs to be resolved. We aim to empower women not only with this product, but also with education and communication strategies that will inform men and women about the natural process of menstrual hygiene and encourage network building to bring this neglected issue into the spotlight. To achieve this, we will implement our pilot project in Manizales, Colombia, where a community of women is at constant risk and there is a critical need for proper sanitary conditions.



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