"BILISUMMAA":

FREEDOM AND LIBERATION IN OROMO, THE LANGUAGE OF SOUTHERN ethiopia

FOUNDER, Executive director

As a young girl growing up in Ethiopia, Darartu Doto remembers how older girls would skip school for about a week every month. She never understood why until she moved to the U.S. at the age of 11 and had an “aha” moment: girls in Ethiopia lacked both feminine hygiene products and menstrual education, forcing many to skip large chunks of school every year. Since that realization, Darartu has worked hard to make sure girls had the education and the supplies they need to manage menstruation in Ethiopia. 

Darartu is a graduate of Pomona College and resides in Chicago working as an Account Strategist at Facebook. 

OUR STORY

Bilisummaa was created to Champion a new era of reproductive justice in Ethiopia, one which, through education and awareness, will enable and equip Ethiopian women with the knowledge to pursue comprehensive wellness.

 

Our vision is to develop the next generation of confident women who will be equipped with the knowledge to navigate their own biological experiences and be enabled to advocate for sociopolitical inclusion of menstrual awareness and resources for all women within their region.

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