The Young Women Leaders Network is embarking a Menstrual Hygiene project dubbed “Gift a Sanitary pad to the girl child”.
The year-long project seeks to distribute free sanitary pad to ten thousand (10,000) girls age 10-15 in the sub-urban and rural schools and train them on Menstrual Hygiene Management.
The Young Women Leaders Network is a non-governmental organization with the mission of educating, supporting, and empowering the girl child and women from the sub-urban and rural communities through health education and Personal Development.
The project which began in December 2017, is inspired by the Sustainable development goal 3 and 4.Good Health and Well-being and Quality Education, to ensure an inclusive and equitable society.
Since it commencement, 250 girls from two schools in Nima and Mamobi community have benefited.
A key societal challenge in Ghana is that, most girl child do not have knowledge about menstrual cycle before experiencing it. Hence, they are folded in a pool of shame to not easily talk about it to even their parents. This exposes the girl child to number of stigmatization which is resulting to the girl child being absent in school during her menstrual period. This is the problem the young women leaders network is solving.
Hence, the project is aimed at improving school attendance among girls between the ages of 10 and 15 years in schools
- increase access to 10,000 adolescent girls with sanitary pad and comprehensive menstrual hygiene management,knowledge and risk
- Create awareness of teenage pregnancies and other sexual related diseases among in-school and out of school girls between the ages 10 to 15 years.
- Increase the self-esteem of the girls through constant counselling.
At our maiden event, the UNICEF ambassador for Menstrual Hygiene Management and presenter with TV3 network limited Ms. Wendy Laryea, was present where she delivered on menstruation and its hygiene.
She echoed to the school-girls that menstruation is a natural happening and encouraged the girls to talk about it with their guidance. And to take their studies seriously and desist from any pre-marital affairs.
The girls were later taught how to effectively fix sanitary pad without being exposed to any infections by Ms. Lailatu Abdulai, a certified Mid-wife and the Health coordinator of Young Women Leaders Network
Girls from Adab Islamic happily displaying their pads
The Young Women Leaders Network is open to any kind of sponsorship or partnership in realizing this goal.