Picture – Isabela and Isadora Rodrigues Silva

Isabela and Isadora

Nominated by Girlup

All 2022 Children’s Peace Prize Nominees

Isabela and Isadora actively fight to reduce gender inequality, which is related to UN SDG 5.  At the age of nine, Isabela and Isadora had to give up childhood in order to take care of the younger siblings and in addition to all the household chores that a house needs. Seeing this situation as a result of chauvinism, they decided to join the “Girlup” community, hoping to find a solution capable of changing that. They quickly realized that gender inequality has immeasurable proportions in society, including the state’s contempt for menstrual poverty. Observing and living the abandonment of being a woman and not having access to one of the main hygiene products of women, Isabela and Isadora decided to create GIRLUPMUN. GIRLUPMUN is a simulation of the United Nations, to stimulate debate and fight for issues that are still seen as taboo in society, such as menstrual poverty. The girls are part of the realization of workshops, talks and the democratization of information on the disproportion of rights and opportunities between men and women and planning for the collection of sanitary napkins. As a result of their actions, Isabela and Isadora managed to encourage other women and young women to occupy high positions, fight for their rights, support and bring more women in the approval of the law of free sanitary pads in schools in Brazil (law created and developed by the Girlup).  Also, as a result of their social projects, the sisters managed to help 300 people with talks, workshops, drills and donations of sanitary napkins and hygienic products. The girls’ future plans for the project are to be able to offer more workshops and conferences, with the aim of democratizing information on women’s rights; getting more and more sanitary pads and other hygienic products; to help people on the street; to help young women, who cannot afford the products; give lectures in schools to encourage schools to adhere to sanitary pads as a basic hygiene product in women’s bathrooms; and in this way be able to help and support the law that is in place in Brazil, which is for sanitary pads to be free in public and private bathrooms.