Group Educates Teenage Girls On Menstrual Hygiene, Advocates For Free Sanitary Products

Serene Early-Trobb Concepts, a nonprofit and non-governmental organisation poised towards girl-child empowerment has recently embarked on Pad A Girl campaign for secondary school girls distributing free sanitary pads.

The campaign which was marked in Lagos and Ogun states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was aimed at commemorating the World Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrated every May 28, and to also empower girls on menstruation management by helping them access information and services.

Founder and Convener of the NGO, Rhoda Olorunfemi said the campaign was about educating girls in the country on menstrual hygiene and health, distributing free sanitary pads in their little quotas and also a call to action by the Nigerian government to make free sanitary products available.

“We are calling the Nigerian government’s attention to the plights of girls and women who have been forced to use clothes for their periods due to the high cost of purchasing sanitary products. Our aim is also to use this advocacy campaign to reach young girls who do not know how to go about managing themselves before, during and after their menstruation by providing information and services for them.

“Our organisation is looking forward taking this campaign to other parts of the country as we yet to cover the last location of the project in Akwa-Ibom State as well as some parts in Lagos State aside Agege Local Government Area which is our area of focus,” Olorunfemi said.

Stating further, she explained that the Pad A Girl project is one out of the numerous projects the organisation has for teenage girls which was launched in year 2021 as Arise for Girls Initiative, where projects such as Education for Girls, free Vocational Skills Training, Computer literacy, Reading Culture and many more was conceived to look into challenges girls in the society are facing.

“Arise for Girls Initiative was established by our organisation to contribute our quotas by looking into issues faced by girls in our societies. Pad A Girl is one out of the numerous projects we have for them, it was launched in May 2021 and about 300 girls benefitted from the free sanitary pads distribution in Lagos State for our first campaign,” she said.

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“We have recorded more success this year as 900 girls at Abusi Edumare Academy, a secondary school located in a community at Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State were supplied free sanitary pads. In Lagos State, about 200 girls benefitted from this exercise at Saint Joseph’s Secondary school and one other school in Agege LGA. Our partner and team lead visited girls at Apo-dutse Primary Health Centre, Abuja and gifted them with free sanitary pads after the enlightening session,” she explained.

Oladunni Akomolafe who is the President of Arise for Girls Initiative, said the exercise was geared towards the empowerment of the female-gender which would help women and girls manage their menstruation with dignity.

“Pad A Girl is an exercise beyond providing access to sanitary pads but the empowerment of all women and girls to be able to manage their menstruation with dignity and respect and to also ensure women and girls live in hygienic environment with value and support to help them manage themselves,” she said.

She also said, “Tosin Bologun, our Lead-partner, Arise for Girls Initiative and also the Founder, 1008 Entertainment, Ogun State, said girls are also face with the challenges of period poverty, where it has become more difficult for them to purchase sanitary products, which is why I have decided to partner with Serene Early-Trobb Concepts to empower girls with providing information and services on menstrual hygiene and distribute free sanitary pad.”

Ernest-Ahunun Linda Itohan Okoh, a Community Based Activist and Founder, The Virtous Woman Initiative, said access to sanitary pads, soap and proper disposing methods of used pad were the driving force to ensure girls and women are considered for free sanitary pads to end period poverty and ensure clean menstruation.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba