His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has joined the First Woman, Madam Fatima Bio, to Commemorate the Worldwide Menstrual Hygiene Day and to launch the 2022 free sanitary pads distribution for varsity going ladies within the nation.
Nation Director for GOAL Sierra Leone, James Riak Mathiang, stated his organisation had labored extensively to enhance WASH amenities, including that menstrual hygiene was not solely a basic a part of healthcare supply but it surely was additionally a protected water, sanitation and hygiene, WASH, observe.
He famous that women and girls want entry to protected WASH amenities, reasonably priced and sustainable menstrual hygiene supplies, group management, and knowledge for good observe and a supportive atmosphere that’s free from stigma.
United Nations Resident Coordinator, Dr Babatunde Ahonsi, expressed the UN’s profound gratitude to the First Woman for the initiative and described as highly effective her transformative management in advancing the menstrual well being of girls and ladies in Sierra Leone.
He additional recommended the federal government for its sustained dedication to making sure that nobody was left behind within the nation’s growth agenda, by implementing programmes concentrating on reproductive schooling, well being and rights.
Talking on behalf of beneficiary ladies of the free sanitary pads, Deborah Macauley, a pupil from the Methodist Women’ Excessive Faculty, expressed gratitude to the President and his authorities, describing the First Woman as a selfless mom.
She went additional to state that earlier than the marketing campaign the nation was recognized for top reported instances of rape, teenage pregnancies and early marriages however added that due to the intervention of the First Woman, who had visited faculties, districts, and areas, the nation was capable of restore hopes of each lady baby.
First Woman Fatima Bio, who launched his husband because the keynote speaker, expressed gratitude to President Bio for offering the area and platform for ladies to be a part of the event course of within the nation. She thanked him for being selfless and for being a real father to the kids of Sierra Leone, by offering free sanitary pads and the free high quality schooling.
She went on to admonish the boys to permit the ladies to go away as much as their full potential, to be educated and be free and to really feel protected of their environments and thanked donor companions for offering the sanitary pads for the ladies.
In his assertion, President Dr Julius Maada Bio stated he was actually happy to affix the First Woman, growth companions, and fellow Sierra Leoneans, to commemorate the all-important Worldwide Menstrual Hygiene Day, including that that was one other historic alternative to mirror on successes so far and make agency commitments to the marketing campaign they began collectively some years in the past.
“Clearly, we want extra motion on menstrual well being. We must always intensify public schooling on menstrual hygiene at faculties and on the group ranges. The target is to vary misinformation and unfavourable attitudes towards durations. As earlier audio system have indicated, concern, stigma, and disgrace related to durations shouldn’t cease ladies from going to high school, from participating in vocational schooling, from participating in sports activities, and taking part totally in public areas and social actions.
“We’ve got lifted the ban on pregnant ladies at school as a result of we imagine that each lady, poor, pregnant, rural, dwelling with a incapacity has an inalienable proper to be taught and be all that she will be. Equally so, we’ve got launched complete sexuality schooling in faculties in order that ladies find out about and know their our bodies as they need to.
“My Authorities is raring to work with growth companions to proceed making hygiene kits out there without spending a dime to schoolgirls and reasonably priced to girls. Protected and hygienic use and disposal of these merchandise must also be linked to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) amenities, particularly for ladies at school. We’re additionally desirous to work with growth companions to supply protected and unique WASH amenities at faculties that can serve ladies in order that they’re assured that even away from residence, they’ll deal with themselves as nicely,” he stated.
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