The Ghana Youth Guide, a non-governmental organization is set to hold the 2019 annual Menstrual Hygiene Day in the Tolon District Tuesday, 28th May, 2019.
The day has been set aside to create a world in which every woman and girl is empowered to manage her menstruation safely, hygienically, with confidence and without shame, where no woman or girl is limited by something as natural and normal as her period.
To this end, the GYG at the ceremony intends to distribute sanitary pads to about ten thousand teenage girls in the Tolon district and to educate them on good menstrual hygiene practices.
A research conductedby the Ghana Youth Guide over the last four (4) years in the Northern Region indicates that over 60% of young girls both in school and those at home and still do not have access to information pertaining to their sexual and reproductive health rights as well as menstrual hygiene.
This is as a result of demographic characteristics which include; cultural and societal norms, behavioral patterns, hand washing practices, health knowledge, socio-economic factors, adequate menstrual hygiene management as well as friendly resource availability.
The Ghana Youth Guide indicated that poor menstrual hygiene caused by luck of education on the issue, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermines the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of young girls in the Northern Region specifically Tolon district.
As a result of these, ten thousand (10.000) girls around the Tolon District are kept from reaching their full potential.
The above was used as a framework for the GYG to conduct its research in the Tolon District on menstrual hygiene among basic and second-cycle students including women.
According to the Executive Director of Ghana Youth Guide, Prince Chentiwuin noted that;
“Our organization will this year hold the International Menstrual Hygiene Day Celebration in the Tolon District of which one hundred and twenty (120) young girls from upper primary, junior high and senior high will participate in the event which is slated for Tuesday 28th may 2019 at Tolon District.Prince Chentiwuni noted.
He stated that the event will create an environment in whichevery girl is empowered to manage their menstruation safely, hygienically with confidence and without shame, where no girl is limited by something as natural and normal as their periods.
He again called on government, civil society organizations and other agencies to break the silence by raising more awareness and change negative social norms surrounding menstrual hygiene.
He further call on well meaning Ghanaians to at least donate one sanitary pad to support their pad bank for distribution to support the less privilege girls.
About Menstrual Hygiene Day
Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global advocacy platform that brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for all women and girls. More specifically, MH Day:
- breaks the silence, raises awareness and changes negative social norms around MHM, and
- engages decision-makers to increase the political priority and catalyse action for MHM, at global, national and local levels.
About Ghana Youth Guide
Ghana Youth Guide, (GYG) is a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by young people.
Their members are interested in world issues, empowering young people in the areas of governance and leadership management, education, campaigns and advocacy.
It’s currently the largest student led organization in the northern region of Ghana.
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