WUZDA Ghana in collaboration with its girl child empowerment partner, Mundo Cooperante, has commemorated this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day, with focus on “breaking the silence around menstrual hygiene and empowering girls through education”.
The theme for World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2023, is “making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030. The overarching goal is to build a world where no one is held back because they menstruate by 2030”, with the hashtag “WeAreCommitted”.
WUZDA Ghana believes that supporting girls and promoting health and menstrual education is an everyday thing, hence the organization’s continuous reminder about menstruation, by providing menstrual hygiene education to girls in communities across Ghana.
Excerpts of a call-to-action document and ‘MHD – 2023’ report by WUZDA Ghana reaffirms the organization’s commitment to ensuring girls are empowered in all areas, including menstruation.
Issues such as the empowerment of girls through education, stigma, myths and taboos, as well as access to menstrual products have been highlighted in the document.
Major issues including lack of sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools continue to hinder the success to the fight against the negative effects of menstruation on education.
Some schools in communities in rural Northern Ghana have dilapidated classroom blocks without toilets and urinals, or broken down or poorly managed toilets and urinals, which expose the girls to infections after use.
Lack of access to clean water by institutions and communities also thwart the efforts of achieving proper sanitation and menstrual hygiene.
WUZDA Ghana has over the years made it a priority to support schools with sanitation and water facilities, for girls to be able to attend and stay in school during menstruation.
Many parents in rural Ghana cannot afford to buy menstrual products for their girls during menstruation, due to their poor economic statuses. This has in many cases affected the education of the children, by reducing the attendance of girls to school.
The ‘MHD – 2023’ document by WUZDA Ghana says “By working with local partners and suppliers, we strive to ensure a consistent supply of safe and reliable menstrual products, removing the financial burden that often prevent girls from attending school regularly”.
The organization has been providing girls in basic schools with reusable menstrual pads and other products, to help them attend and stay in school during menstruation.
This has increased school enrollment and attendance for girls, especially in some basic schools in the Northern and Savannah Regions of Ghana.
The 2023 Menstrual Hygiene Day was commemorated in partnership with Mundo Cooperante.