28th May, 2017
HASPEG Organization was able to commemorate Menstruation Hygiene Day, with this year’s theme being “From Anxiety to Confidence”, a Programme initiated by WASH United and launched as an International Day in 2014.
According to Wash United, Menstrual Hygiene Day was created to publicly recognize the right of women to hygienically manage their menstruation wherever they are. By acknowledging that menstruation is a normal human process and a sign of good health, Menstrual Hygiene Day confronts the stigmas attached to menstruation with collective advocacy, education and action.
In this regard, HASPEG visited girls at Kivandini Secondary School, Machakos County, Kenya, and talked to them on the importance of hygiene during menses, break the miss-information that comes with menstruation and breaking the taboo beyond the normal flow of periods. Faith
In her remarks Ms Faith Manthi, the CEO, noted that “Menstruation matters and you should not feel ashamed of growing up…” this is regard to the backlash that negatively affects most of the girls in school that end up affecting their attendance in school, have low self esteem and affect their health.
A UNESCO report estimates that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their menstrual cycle. By some estimates, this equals as much as twenty percent of a given school year. In Rural India most of the girls / women lack clean sanitary towels hence force them to use dirty pieces of clothes. We should therefore care about MHM because it can further social and economic empowerment and growth. It can also contribute to achieving a number of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including, though not limited to: quality education (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5), and clean water and sanitation (SDG 6).
HASPEG was able to donate sanitary towels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta-6umnMsFM