By Mathew Bassie Charles
In celebration of International Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), St. George Foundation through its Pul Pikin Na Trit For Learn Project supported by ToyBox embarked on raising the awareness and improving education on menstrual hygiene for our 100 children that are attending schools. The majority of the children that participated in the mini-conference are children that are spending the majority of their time on the street scouting for their living.
THEME: Making Menstruation a Normal Fact of Life 2030.
Girls in this part of the world face many challenges during menstruation. As a result, the practical challenges of menstrual hygiene are made even more difficult by socio-cultural factors and millions of women and girls continue to be denied their rights to WASH, health, education, dignity, and gender equity. Girls in most homes and communities have to stay away from all other community and social activities during menstruation because societal and cultural beliefs do not permit them to do so. These cultural barriers have prevented most girls in our society from participating in activities and events that could have given them life-changing experiences.
Menstruation is a natural process, but in most parts of the world, it is taboo and rarely talked about. It has also been largely neglected by the WASH sector and other sectors focusing on sexual and reproductive health, and education. Girls presented some of the challenges they faced when on their menstrual. “Kadiatu Kamara said, “We do not cook at home nor plait our hair or do the hair of other people because they believe it will damage their hair.
Group works were done by girls highlighting their experiences with menstruation and how it is perceived in their respective communities.
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