A non-governmental women’s right organization working in Liberia to support women and girls who have been affected by sexual gender based violence (SGBV) called Medica Liberia celebrates world menstrual day to help educate girls about their menstruation cycle under the theme “Education”.
The celebration will last for three days and will be carried out in twelve schools including Gaye town Public school, Peace Island Public School, Lamp Mission School, Antioch Baptist School, Arce of Hope Christ the King School among others.
The distribution began yesterday at the Gaye town public school and the peace Island Public School including the 12 schools in which Medica Liberia have girl clubs and the 12 community clubs will receive an emergency menstrual hygiene kits which include sanitary pads, panties, wash soap, mini towels, hand sanitizers, bucket and a Menstrual Hygiene Management manual and posters to ensure that girls feel safe and stay in school while menstruating.
The work of the organization is to provide health, access to justices and psychosocial consoling to females that have been raped.
According to the Advocacy Officer Yah V. Parwon, there are thousands of girls around the world that do not go to school for five school days because they do not have access to context indicating that some girls even drop out of school for the embarrassments that are caused by their menstruation.
She said this causes a great setback for many young women around the world and their education.
“Shaming and booing at girls that have been mess-up because of the menstrual cycle can cause them to drop from school and become uneducated,” she noted.
Madam Parwon said some girls do not have the opportunity to learn about menstruation until the day they see it, stressing that because of this, many teenagers become pregnant.
She further urged parents and teachers and school Administrations not to look at Menstrual Hygiene as taboo indicating that they must teach girls both at home and school about their menstruation.
“Without menstruation, women will be unable to have children and it is through this we all were born, this means that menstruation is a normal part of all women life,” she added.