As parts of activities to mark this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day, the Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) in partnership with Newsweb Express at the weekend padded 100 vulnerable girls in two Kaduna communities with menstrual pads.
The benefitting girls were drawn from Abakwa Community in Kaduna North and Government Secondary, Ungwan Boro in Chikun Local Government Areas.
Executive Director, CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje said, the free distribution of sanitary materials to young girls in Kaduna State especially the disadvantaged ones was a continuation of a campaign his NGO launched in 2020.
“As an organization, CAMAC believes that providing women and girls in Kaduna schools and communities with free sanitary pads will not only improve their healthcare, menstrual hygiene, fuel sustainable economies that will benefit societies but will also boost their confidence and comfort within and outside the community.
“We believe that hygiene process is not only to be taken by the girl or woman alone but also by the society through the provision of a friendly menstrual environment. He noted.
Uangbaoje, who was represented by CAMAC’s Education Coordinator, Milla Michael, further said “we also believe that to get optimum performance from women and girls, they should be given free access to sanitary pads.
“Condoms are free and affordable, the sanitary pad should be made free and accessible for girls because menstruation is compulsory but sex is a matter of choice”.
In her remarks, the Women Leader of Abakwa Community, Zulaihat Muhammed Bello, expressed delight about what she called “huge contribution” by CAMAC, saying, “such opportunities are rare, we appreciate them for recognizing our community as one of the beneficiaries.”
She called on Government to budget for menstrual hygiene, stressing that it would save women, especially the vulnerable and rural ones of some diseases.
The Principal of GSS Ungwan Boro, Mrs Jonah Gandu, thanked CAMAC, for choosing her school as one of the beneficiaries of the project, saying “I am glad you chose us to be part of this and I pray that God uses your organization to do greater things.”
On her part, Asmau Tanimu, 17, said most girls within the age range of 13 -20 years lack knowledge of menstrual hygiene, saying more needs to be done to help vulnerable girls and women in society.
Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated on 28 May every year to create awareness and highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. This year’s theme is “Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health.”