By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – To mark the 2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD), Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child, (CAMAC) on Saturday distributed free sanitary pads to 100 girls in Abakpa community; Government Secondary School, Ungwan Boro in Kaduna North and Chikun Local Government Areas respectively.
Executive Director of CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje, said the exercise to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable girls is a continuation of a campaign launched in 2020.
“As an organization, we believe that providing women and girls in schools and communities with free sanitary pads will not only improved their healthcare, menstrual hygiene, fuel sustainable economies that will benefit society; 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 said.
Uangbaoje, who was represented by CAMAC’s Education Coordinator, Milla Michael, further said “we also believe that for optimum performance of the women and girls, they should be given free access to sanitary materials.
“Even as condoms are free and affordable, sanitary pads should also be made free and accessible for the girls, because menstruation is compulsory while sex is a matter of choice,” he added.
He disclosed that this year CAMAC got funding supports from Newsweb Express, an Online Newspaper to purchase the sanitary pads and other logistics for the exercise.
In her remarks, the Women Leader of Abakpa Community, Zulaihat Muhammed Bello, expressed delight on what she termed as “a huge contribution” by CAMAC, adding that “such opportunities are rare, we appreciate this organization for recognizing our community as one of the beneficiaries.”
She called on government to create a budget for menstrual hygiene, stressing that it would save women, especially the vulnerable and rural ones of some diseases.
Principal of GSS Ungwan Boro, Mrs Jonah Gandu, thanked CAMAC, for choosing her school as a beneficiary of the project and prayed God to bless the group.
A beneficiary, Asma’u Tanimu, 17, said most girls of 13-20 years lacked knowledge of menstrual hygiene, pointing out that more needed to be done to help vulnerable girls and women in the society.
Another beneficiary, Hassana Abdullahi, thanked CAMAC for its contributions to the safety and healthy living of women and children; and urged governments and other like-minded NGOs to follow suit.
Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated on May 28 annually 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.”