To commemorate the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018, Girls Excel in partnership with the Cameroon Development Cooperation (CDC), The Womens Worldwide Web Menstrual Hygiene Day – Global Cameroon Association of Media Professionals – CAMP organised a one day sensitization campaign with girls and young women in the CDC Debunscha camp on the 26th of May 2018. The event which was celebrated under the theme #NoMoreLimits Empowering women and girls through good menstrual hygiene’ mobilised over 60 girls and young women.
It began with a welcome note from the Estate Manager of the CDC Debunscha camp Mr Ndive Hans and the Communication and Public Relation Manager Mr Manyanye Ikome who welcomed our team and applauded the initiative as well as all the other partners who made the event possible.
It was equally followed by a presentation from the Girls Excel team which included a brief history of the Menstrual Hygiene Day and the importance, challenges and benefits of Menstrual Hygiene Management.
At the end of the presentation, adequate time was allocated for a Q&A session where the girls asked different questions about their reproductive health and these questions were answered by a health personnel (Nurse) made available by CDC. Some of these questions included;
1. What causes Menstrual cramps and what can be done to ease the pain?
2. Why do some girls menstruate twice in a month?
3. Is it true that Menstrual cramps can be transfered from one girl to another?
4. Is it true that chocolate and other sweet things causes menstruation to over flow?
These and many more were some of the questions answered by the CDC health personnel. At the end of the event, all the partners received a vote of thanks from the girls who asked when next our team will be coming to Debunscha for another educational activity. The event ended with the distribution of sanitary pads to over 60 girls who participated in the event.
We use this opportunity to thank all our partners and supporters who financial and moral support made this event successful. We especially thank Reference TV in Limbe for providing Media Coverage during this event.
Last week, within the framework of our ‘Girls Excel Mentoring’ (GEM) clubs, our volunteers had an interactive 1:45 minutes session with about 50 teenage girls of Kofele Luma Memorial Academy in Limbe, Cameroon thanks to funding from The Pollination Project. Our team and the girls had a frank and open conversation about Menstrual Hygiene Management while demystifying the taboo and shame associated with Menstrual Health.
The club activity also involved a session where both the club members and our team shared and exchanged their Menstrual health experiences/journey as well as a question and answer session. It was evident that we need to create an enabling environments at home and in school for these girls to ask honest questions about their reproductive health without being shamed. Most importantly, when parents and teachers fail to talk to teenage girls about their reproductive health, these girls turn to seek advice from their peers who usually lack the right information to give them.
At the end of the activities, the girls had many questions which were handled by our competent team of volunteers. We use this opportunity to thank the administration of Kofele Luma Memorial Academy for collaborating with us and making this project a reality in their school.