Oky is an app to help girls with their monthly periods by providing trustworthy health information and a way to track their monthly cycle.
UNICEF created Oky as part of its mission to promote girl’s education and health, by addressing one of the world’s biggest taboos: menstruation.
During puberty, many physical and emotional changes happen, including menstruation. If girls are unaware of what is happening the experience can be stressful and disrupt their lives. When girls lack information, it can also make it hard for them to ask their parents, teachers, guardians, carers and health workers for help if there's a problem.
Tracking their periods can also help girls plan ahead so they don't have to miss out on things like education, and girls who are informed about this natural part of their bodies are more likely to stay healthy and happy as they will be more equipped to spot a problem if it occurs.
As a parent, you might also find the information on this app interesting. Many parents find having more information about these topics helps them feel more comfortable preparing their daughters for womanhood or answering questions.
We spent months talking to more than 400 girls, but also boys, parents, teachers and health workers in Mongolia and Indonesia, in order to learn about their lives and the impact of periods on their happiness and health.
We co-created Oky in this way to make sure it would offer something many people told us girls needed. We also worked with our education and medical experts to ensure that Oky reflects UNICEF’s high health standards and guidelines. And of course we made sure that the app takes into account social and cultural norms in different countries.