the menstrual poverty campaign
Most adolescent girls in and out of school come from families that leave bellow the poverty line, and cannot afford sanitary pads during their monthly menstrual cycle. This group of girls often develop low self esteem, which holds back a lot of potential.
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Access to sanitary products, dignified treatment and education on menstrual health management is “a human rights issue that all of us must strive for,” “We must stop period shaming in our homes, our schools, our places of worship and all other important spaces in our lives,” An estimated one in ten girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school at some point during their period. “How do we empower young girls to know that menstruation is not something to be ashamed of? We must stop period shaming in our homes, our schools, our places of worship and all other important spaces in our lives.” , Improving sexual and reproductive health can yield a significant return on investment, including by increasing women’s and girls’ participation in education and the economy. But there are enormous challenges that must be addressed first. According to Bathabile Dlamini, South Africa’s Minister for Women.
Dr. Julitta Onabanjo
“African sexuality is very much a hidden thing… [but not talking about sex] perpetuates stigma and discrimination,” Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, “Access to sexuality education is vital for menstrual literacy but also for self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.” Men and boys must be involved in ending menstruation stigma, she added. “We want them to be allies and supporters.” And the health aspects of menstruation cannot be overlooked. “As we normalize menstruation, we must not trivialize menstrual disorders,” Dr. Onabanjo said. UNFPA’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa.
Our school and community outreaches aim at ending menstrual shame, educating girls about menstrual hygiene/menstrual literacy, increasing on girls self esteem. Join our hands to support this campaign.