Young Trust Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has distributed one thousand (1000) sanitary pads to nine (9) schools in Accra to mark the 2024 World Menstrual Hygiene Day and to raise awareness of the stigma associated with menstruation.

The celebration was under the theme; "Empowering Young School Girls: My Period, My Confidence."

It was targeted at girls in schools within the Adentan, Kpone and Shai Osudoku Municipal Assemblies in the Greater Accra Region.

CEO of Young Trust Foundation, Abigail Sarpong announced that the NGO was gearing up to reach more locations, schools, and females.

According to her, they are also advocating for the abolishment of period poverty while creating an environment where women thrive.

On the back of this, she noted that her outfit was pushing for policy modifications, as well as lobbying with government agencies to eliminate sanitary pad levies to give menstrual health education a top priority.

“To guarantee that every girl has access to high-quality menstrual hygiene products, we will investigate long-term solutions,” she stated.

Director-General of the Ghana TVET Service, Madam Mawusi Nudekor Awity who was represented by Doris Makafui Dzene acknowledged that menstruation was a natural process, a sign of a healthy body, and a symbol of fertility however the subject was often associated with stigma.

She said there had been significant work in addressing the barriers however more work needed to be done to create an environment of openness, understanding, and support.

She revealed that economic empowerment initiatives, including skills acquisition and TVET programs, had the potential of offering sustainable solutions to address the challenge of menstrual hygiene indicating that by providing women and girls with income-generating opportunities, they could afford to purchase menstrual hygiene products and manage their menstruation with dignity.

Director for the Valley View University Basic Schools, Beatrice Adaboh advocated for subsidized prices for sanitary pads to help remove the barriers that prevent females from accessing menstrual products.

“Some of the girls come from poor backgrounds and must go through this cycle every month. It is a monthly expenditure. It’s not like purchasing a dress for 6 months. If the prices of sanitary pads go down, that will be excellent. It should be affordable to everybody,” she highlighted.

She underscored the importance of educating the girl child, indicating that it had a ripple effect on future sensitization projects in society. She also called for more events to inform females of their sexuality and sexual reproductive system.

Retired (Rtd) Deputy Director of Education for the Adentan Municipal Education Directorate, Mrs Dinah Osam-Tewiah explained that the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products for girls
was a significant barrier to their education; leading to a cycle of missed learning opportunities that could have lasting effects on their future.

She urged parents and teachers, to educate themselves and those around them about menstrual health and hygiene to help end the stigma by encouraging them to engage in open conversations about reproductive health, providing them with accurate information and resources.

She further advised the girls to judiciously utilize their time to learn about their bodies, take care of themselves and understand the beauty of being a woman.

“Remember, your period is not a limitation but a celebration of your unique journey,” she stressed.

This year's event was supported by the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ghana Education Service (GES), Valley View University Basic Schools, Faytex, Done-Tech Solutions, Ghana TVET Service, Arthro Synergeio and Digi Craft.

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