Today we join the world in recognizing #MenstrualHygieneDay, helping break the silence around the subject of menstruation. In many parts of the world, girls miss out on up to five days of school per month or stop going to school entirely due to lack of access to water, hygiene facilities and sanitary supplies. It saddens us that something that is a normal part of life is still considered taboo. No girl should ever feel embarrassed of something that is a normal part of their development.
To commemorate the day, our girls participated in a #GirlTalk workshop titled "My Period Matters" hosted by the #ZontaInternational Club of Fretown and Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone (GESSL). Around 60+ girls from the #FreetownSecondarySchoolForGirls (FSSG) boarding home, Zonta International Club of Freetown, #TheVisaoFoundation and GESSL actively participated in a variety of educational and awareness activities. Discussions veered on orienting the girls about good menstrual hygienic practices such as use of sanitary napkins; washing and cleaning etc., premenstrual symptoms and how to handle them, consuming a proper diet, and other useful tips to take care of their bodies during that time of the month.
Our thanks to GESSL and Zonta International Club of Freetown for allowing us to participate and for sharing such helpful information with our girls.