Category Womens Worldwide Web (W4)

Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day in Debunscha

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.

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Donate A Pad & Keep A girl in School

 

What is it about?

In April 2016, Girls Excel launched a new campaign called ‘Donate a pad and keep a girl in school’. This ONGOING campaign kicked off in April with an appeal of support on social media to raise 500 packets of sanitary pads to be donated to girls in rural communities and refugee camps in Cameroon on May 28th which is Menstrual Hygiene Day.

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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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