Every day over 8 million girls menstruate, however, 80% of these girls are unable to meet their full potential because of either lack of menstrual necessities or stigma. This generation of girls are quite fortunate to have menstrual necessities like sanitary pads and tampons available, the issue is that it is not accessible to all. This is what has been termed as period poverty, a situation where a girl cannot access menstrual items thereby going back to the old ways, we claim we’ve buried; the use of worn-out cloth. At this point, the girl child is only left is to be at home to avoid ‘disgrace’.
What is our point? Starlight Foundation wants everyone to know that there can be a time in our lives where stigmatization and poverty surrounding menstruation can cease to exist in our world. In the previous address to the same issue, we’ve listed one way to do this. By taking off taxes from menstrual necessities so they can be readily accessible to all.
Sanjay Wijesekera, former UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene once said, “meeting the Hygiene needs of all adolescent girls is a fundamental issue of human rights, dignity, and public health”. Addressing issues surrounding menstruation is also a guarantee that our girls do not fall into mouths that stigmatize but also ensure that they are not wasting their lives curing diseases related to improper ways of handling menstruation. This time we’re taking it to Dzorwulu Special School. During this COVID19 pandemic, other pandemics are threatening the wellbeing of our girls and as children with special needs, getting their menstrual education accurate is important to us.
We ask that you join this course with your voice and your donations. Menstruation is a normal cycle in a woman’s life, let’s normalize that and for the girls around the world not having access to menstrual necessities, let’s help them.
LET HER KNOW, THE SHE IN HER WILL ARISE
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