The Muslimah Mentorship Network (MMM) has launched a menstrual hygiene project dubbed, “Share a sanitary pad with a girl child”.
Speaking on the topic, “The Importance of hygiene during menstruation,” Dr. Caryn Prempeh, a public health advocate educated the girls on the importance of menstrual hygiene.
Dr. Prempeh taught them how to make a calendar to help them track their periods.
She emphasized that menstruation is normal for women and encouraged them to talk about it with their parents, teachers or sisters.
“Be bold enough to tell your parents especially your mothers, trusted teachers or your older sisters when you first experience your period,” she said.
She demonstrated to the girls how to fix their sanitary pads correctly without being exposed to infections.
Hikmatu Iddrisu, Vice President of the network, said the 21st-century Muslim women could take advantage of available opportunities to make life better.
According to her, aside worshipping of Allah, every person is tasked with the responsibility of making the world a better place.
Ms Hikma noted that “the wives of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) namely Khadija (RA) and Aisha (RA) were women of exemplary character. Not only were they wives of the Prophet, but they were also educators and businesswomen who participated in the growth and development of their communities,” she said.
She, therefore, entreated the girls to take advantage of opportunities at their disposal and become change-makers in their communities.
Headteacher of the Madina school where the project was launched, Hajia Adamah Issifu expressed her gratitude to the network for a visit and encouraged them to visit the students often to inspire them.
Each girl was given a package of 12 menstrual pads to last her for a year.
The sanitary pad project is an initiative of the MMN and is aimed at providing school-going girls with 12 sanitary pads each for a year.
This is to help reduce the number of girls who miss school during their periods due to lack of access to decent sanitary towels.
The network aims at implementing the project in at least three schools in every region of the country.
By: Muslimah Mentorship Network | citinewsroom.com | Ghana