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The Challenge

In addition to having to live with the damaging taboo that surrounds menstruation in Cameroon, many girls and women there struggle every month just to manage their periods hygienically, something that many of us take for granted. Lacking access to basic sanitary and hygiene products or facilities, women are forced to use unhygienic cloth and girls often skip school out of shame and fear of bullying. Lack of basic products or knowledge about how to manage menstruation can lead to both physical and psychological harm and results in girls missing out on crucial education. UNESCO estimates that 1 in 10 African girls skip school during their period, eventually leading to a higher school drop out rate.

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Girls Excel champions day of girl child event in Cameroon


Despite the global mobilization for girls, the international day of the girl child still goes unnoticed in many rural communities in Cameroon. In many rural communities, girls are unaware of the existence of this symbolic day and its importance in their lives and daily struggles. Thanks to Girls Excel, a new social enterprise aimed to promote quality access of sexual and reproductive health services for girls in rural areas of Cameroon, this event was highly commemorated in the North West region of Cameroon.

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