At age 10 I started menstruating, and I remember how uncomfortable and sick those monthly periods made me feel. I also remember how at the time I shredded old clothes to use, and how I had to pad up the cloth with toilet rolls to make it seem fuller because I was a heavy bleeder. Keeping the reusable cloth for about 6 hours whilst in school was difficult and uncomfortable.
Let’s face it – it’s 12 weeks of bleeding and some comes with severe pains in a year for girls except for those with peculiar menstrual cycles; but that is even scarcely known.
Using old reusable cloths and tissue papers are unhealthy to the female reproductive organ but do the girls who use them really have an option?
According to a documentary by GHone some women in the Northern part of Ghana sit on piles of sand when bleeding. Similarly, it was reported on CNN that some women in remote places in India also use sand, ashes and straw during menses. All these can cause serious infections for girls and women. Equality means making sure every individual have an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and believing that no one should have poorer life chances because of where, what or whom they were born, what they believe, or whether they have a disability and that includes women and girls as well.
Think about this again… My little survey recently showed that most girls who are privileged to have access to hygienic menstrual accessories don’t even know the right way to pad up or clean their intimate areas because parents won’t talk about period or educate them.
This campaign is not really about the provision of pads because we can’t provide enough for a life time to girls in need but it is the advocacy, the education and awareness that we are giving to them.
Most schools in the rural and peri- urban areas do not have toilets. Now, how would these girls change up? How do they stay in school? The diarrhea associated with menses is another issue that makes girls stay at home because they can’t properly contain themselves in school and in public places.
In my view, both boys and girls should be educated about menses. Yes. So it will no longer seem uneasy for boys to help and support girls and girls will no longer feel ashamed to talk about it.
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