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We celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day. The theme of the event was ‘to educate, eradicate stigma and end period poverty’. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions and reach as many communities as possible we spread our programme activities and celebrations across the month of May. Participants included men, women, girls and boys. The programme was very interactive and included different activities all geared towards offering education and breaking the silence on menstrual health issues, 131 people attended.
This programme continues throughout the year and the content of our workshops includes 6 sessions – Growth and body changes – learning about puberty; Reproductive health – learning about the menstrual cycle, reproductive health systems and providing a safe space for participants to discuss related issues; Reusable sanitary kits – demonstration of reusable pads and how to make them using locally available materials; Challenges to menstrual health management – challenges faced by women and girls include the expense of buying sanitary towels for families already struggling with finances, lack of emotional support and understanding, lack of access to water, soap, pads, missing out on school and work every month and taboos within families and the communities around menstruation which cause further isolation and lack of support; Bracelet making - the menstruation bracelet is a global symbol for menstruation and a teaching tool with 28 sections made of beads or card to signify the menstrual cycle and Games and Sports – included to break barriers and highlight that periods shouldn’t inhibit women and girls in what they can do during their periods once they have the knowledge and support to manage them.
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