“Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation”, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), has embarked on a campaign towards educating young girls and ladies in particular and the general public about Menstrual Hygiene as well as breaking the stigma and clarifying myths and misconceptions around Menstruation.
At an event organized to commemorate this year’s Menstrual Hygiene day in Lagos, the Founder of the Organization, Miss Ololade Ogunnubi, says about 500 million women and girls lack adequate facilities for menstrual hygiene management globally.
The foundation, while marking the day with the support from Education as a Vaccine (EVA) and United Nations population Fund (UNFPA), also gave out menstrual kits to no fewer than Twenty-five girls.
Ololade noted that there is an urgent need to address the issue of inadequacy in wash (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities, particularly in public places, such as in schools, workplaces or health centres, as she believes this can pose a major obstacle to women and girls.
According to Miss Ololade, “The organisation decided to take the campaign to students at the rural areas to break the misconceptions about menstruation and raise awareness on the need to promote good menstrual hygiene.
She said, “The campaign will kick off with school children across five states Lagos, Ogun, FCT, Nasarawa, and Oyo and we are not limiting it to only female students, we want the male students to also learn about it.
She said the campaign was part of activities to mark this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day.
“The foundation has at least reached about two hundred students who have benefited from the Menstrual products.
The main menstrual sensitization will start from June 24 in Nasarawa state until July 11th. We hope to reach out to 500 students both boys and girls.
Its annual awareness day is every 28 may to help break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.