It has been observed that the issue of promoting menstrual health has still not received the kind of attention it deserves in the country’s senior high schools, even though teenage girls are eager to be well educated on the issue.
This came to light when a Development Communications student of the University of Media, Arts and Culture, Institute of Journalism (UniMAC-GIJ), Miss Millicent Golo, interacted with students of the O’reilly Senior High School, in Accra, to educate and sensitize them on the issue of menstrual health.
Millicent is a member of a group of students who are carrying out a project of mobilizing both human and material resources, through the ‘All4Girls Movement’, for a campaign to promote menstrual health among senior high school girls in the country.
On behalf of the ‘All4Girls Movement’, she made a donation of some menstrual health products, including sanitary pads, to the students she interacted with.
Millicent stressed the need for stakeholders, especially parents and teachers, to help in breaking the silence on the topic of menstruation “and intentionally have a serious conversation with our girls regarding the issue.”
She also called on policymakers to avoid making policies that would make menstrual health products not affordable to teenage girls, stressing, particularly, that the recent imposition of taxes on sanitary pads was very detrimental to the issue promoting menstrual health, especially among school girls.
Millicent described the interaction with the school girls as “very positive”, saying “the girls asked a lot of important questions regarding menstrual hygiene and reproductive health, and we were happy to provide answers for them.”
The authorities of O’reilly Senior High School expressed appreciation to the ‘All4Girls Movement’ for the donation and the education on menstrual health provided to the girls.