World Menstrual Hygiene Day takes place on 28th May every year. It is a chance to highlight the importance of menstrual care, and raise awareness about the issues faced by women and girls who do not have access to sanitary pads.
Access to sanitary products, safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them, and the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma is essential for women and girls who menstruate. The World Menstrual Hygiene Day was decided to advocate good menstrual hygiene across the globe by GERMAN-BASED NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION; WASH.
For the focus of this outreach, more attention was given to menstruation and how it relates to schooling. Education for Global Development reports that globally, periods are causing girls to be absent from school. Menstruation should not stop schooling.
This year, the theme for World Menstrual Hygiene Day is making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030.
SWAG Initiative visited Government Girls Secondary School, Dogon Bauchi, Zaria-Kaduna to commemorate the World Menstrual Hygiene Day on the 30th of May 2022.
The sensitization ended with team members distributing sanitary towels to the selected 100 girls. A group photograph and videos of the girls was taken and the girls showed gratitude for having such an opportunity to be part of the outreach.
Stand With A Girl (SWAG) Initiative is a registered youth led organization dedicated to ensuring that every girl in Nigeria no matter where she is born or found is empowered to fulfill her maximum potentials. Its goal is to promote a safe and supportive environment for the social, economic, academic and healthy development of girls in Nigeria.