Malawi Girl Guide Association (MAGGA), a non-governmental organization for girl-child empowerment, says myths surrounding menstruation should not discourage girls from pursuing their dreams through education.
National coordinator for MAGGA Mphatso Baluwa Jimu said this on Sunday during the commemoration of World Menstrual Day held in Dedza.
Baluwa Jimu said girls should know that menstruation is no longer a hiccup in completing their education, saying that issues about menstruation are just myths which cannot prevent them from realizing their goals in life.
“This is not a time to hide or to be ashamed of our menstruation period because this is how God created us, but we have to be aware of the cycle so that we take care of ourselves properly,” said Jimu.
She further said that plans are underway to roll out sensitization campaigns in all primary and secondary schools in the country in order to impart knowledge about the menstruation process to all girls.
Baluwa Jimu added that MAGGA is conducting trainings with various stakeholders to sensitize the whole community where girls are living with the aim of assisting them with proper materials for use during their menses.
Faith Mayina from Kenya was one of the guests at the commemoration and said there are times when girls are forced to drop out of school and marry before maturity because of issues related to menstruation period.
“Many girls have no access to sanitary materials due to poverty. Moreover, some traditional myths do not allow girls to interact with other people because it is regarded as a taboo,” said Mayina.
Maureen Kadango from Green Light Secondary School commended MAGGA for highlighting the day with introduction of menstruation cups, which she said will help minimize the cost of buying pads among many rural girls.
This year’s day was commemorated under the theme called “Yes! Girls can be proud of their menstruation.”
Apart from Malawi, other participants came from Kenya, Burundi and Nigeria.
Girl Guide association is a voluntarily self-governing organization for girls and women across the globe which was formed in 1910.
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