The Development Queen Mother of Afigya-Kwabre District in the Ashanti Region who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer for the Obaapa Development Foundation, Nana Adwoa Awindor has placed a courtesy call on government and other stakeholders to ensure that sanitary pads are distributed freely to Young Females and Vulnerable Women to help them ensure sanity during their menstrual Cycle Period most especially in this hard time of Pandemic.
She said menstruation is a natural Phenomenon amongst all women and girls of about their puberty age and a part of the cycle in the lives of all women body to prepare them for a possible pregnancy.
The entire world is observing the World Menstrual Hygiene day which falls on the 28th May of every year and this Years by the WASH united was under the theme “PERIODS IN PANDEMIC”
The entire world is battling against the coronavirus pandemic that has wrecked millions of lives. Even as people stay indoors, it has become more important to fight against the stigma pertaining to menstrual hygiene.
The Virus has also brought in financial problems for people across the world.
Hence the Obaapa Development Foundation led by Nana Adwoa Awinzor is calling on the Government of Ghana to ensure sanitary Pads are freely distributed to Young Adult ladies and vulnerable women in the society to help them maintain hygiene during their menstrual times in this hard times.
She added as the theme for the Years Celebration “Periods in Pandemic” there has been a rare need of stake holders to help donate sanitary pads and other materials to aide successful menstruation to our dear females in the society.
Many girls in rural areas who have had access to these items from their schools are not able to get them due to the lockdown, additionally as many women stay home, they have a much higher need to fight off the stigma related to menstruation.
She also used the opportunity to call on the general public to do away with the stigma associated with Menstruation since it is a natural phenomenon and a part of the life cycle of a women which in Gods wisdom prepares a woman for Pregnancy.
Speaking in an Interview with Owoahemaa Afia Acheampong on Eastern FM, she called on the general public, stake holders and heads of organizations to all aide and support the fight for menstrual hygiene awareness creation.
She added, most female are neglected and treated as a non-entity during their menstrual period and the stigma attached to it, she condemned the act and encourage the general public to desist from that.
She entreated the ladies most especially the girl child to maintain personal hygiene during their menstrual period such as Bathing regularly, changing of their sanitary pads from time to time and amongst other menstrual hygiene protocols practiced to help keep themselves clean and void of unpleasant smell.
The Former Television Host and First President of the Continental Executive Board of the African Queens and women cultural leaders Network also the Development Queen Mother of Afigya-Kwabre District in the Ashanti Region who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer for the Obaapa Development Foundation, Nana Adwoa Awindor hinted they are planning on distributing free sanitary pads and menstrual hygiene materials to females in Ghana in these hard times to ensure and easy menstrual cycle which is not first of its kind.
She called on the general public to do same as she and her abled team are willed to do free of charge.
Story Credit: Owoahemaa Afia Acheampong (Eastern Fm, 105.1-Koforidua)