So this will definitely not be the first you are hearing about menstruation, whether you are male or female. But how much do you really know about the world, cultural and even religious perceptions of it?
Growth through Learning exists as a secular organization and we shall refrain from directly attacking any specific community.
Here are a few things you probably didn’t know;
From Plan UK’s- lets-talk-about-that-time-of-the-month/
Only 12 percent of girls and women have access to sanitary products around the world. The rest rely on materials such as old, dirty rags, newspaper, leaves, dirt, and other unhygienic materials that often lead to infection and embarrassment due to leaks and odour.
These are true facts and unfortunately, even though we have numerous advertisments and even brands of Sanitary towels some girls do not know about them let alone they can’t even afford them 🙁
There have been amazing Non-profits that have specially come up to combat these challenges and even innovations such as; Trinidas a researcher at Blantyre,Malawi saw the issue and saw that relying on donations wasn’t a solution. She then went on to buy a sewing machine and make her own disposable pads.
In various religious and social communities women have been shunned from interacting with others, even visiting holy places of worship, or even being seen as menses are viewed as “impure”, “bad omen” or worth cleansing a week after to then allow the women to resume normalcy.
In some cases, where women have been shunned and even prevented from engaging in normal chores or duties it encourages rest.
HOWEVER, menstruating is not a disability or handicap in fact it is some kind of superpower showing a woman’s capability to reproduce and give life.
Recommendations going forward include;
At Growth through Learning, We send the girls to vetted residential schools with appropriate fencing, separate lavatory facilities, and clear policies for protection of female students.
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