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NGO supports schoolgirls with sanitary towels

BY: Doreen Andoh
Some of the beneficiaries displaying their sanitary towels
Some of the beneficiaries displaying their sanitary towels

As part of the efforts to promote menstrual hygiene among girls, a non-profit organisation, SheRising Organisation, has donated sanitary towels to girls at the Pokuase Methodist Basic One and Two in the Ga North Municipal Assembly in Accra.

The presentation was in commemoration of the 2022 Menstrual Hygiene Day which is marked on May 28 every year across the world.

The organisation, which is aimed at supporting young girls to rise in their endeavours, presented more than 600 pieces of sanitary towels to the girls.

Presentation

At a brief ceremony to present the items on the school premises last Friday, the Founder of the Organisation, Edith Ansah, explained that the lack of accessibility and affordability of menstruation towels prevented most girls from attending school during the period, especially in low income areas.

That, she said, affected their studies and sometimes their self-confidence.

"In most schools, girls do not go to school due to lack of sanitary pads and ignorance about practising hygiene during the period of their flow", she noted.

She advocated that sanitary towels be made cheaper and accessible so that the less privileged could also purchase them.

She said the hikes in the prices of goods in recent times had worsened the situation as the prices of sanitary towels also kept rising.

She, therefore, urged authorities to consider making sanitary towels cheaper and accessible to everyone by taking off some taxes on the products.

She expressed gratitude to enterprises and individuals, who supported the organisation to raise money for the presentation.

The head of the school, Christiana Ayikailey Ankrah, who received the items on behalf of the school, thanked the organisation for the immense support.

Background

Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global advocacy platform that brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote good menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) for all women and girls.

More specifically, MH Day breaks the silence, raises awareness and changes negative social norms around MHH, and engages decision-makers to increase the political priority and catalyse action for MHH, at global, national and local levels.

MH Day has grown tremendously since its first celebration in 2014.