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.
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. Read More
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. Read More