World Menstrual Hygiene Day (2020)

On the 28th of May every year, the world marks the World Menstrual Hygiene Day targeting adolescent girls and women.

This year, Development Aid for Children, Women and Youths Initiative- DEV- AID in partnership with A Well-Informed Adolescent (AWA) Initiative, Youth Training Hub-Africa and Development Centre for Orientation, Discovery and Empowerment (DeCODE) launched a – PAD A GIRL campaign to support adolescent girls and women achieve improved health and wellbeing through well-managed menstrual hygiene on Friday 29th May 2020 at Calabar Municipality Youth Resource Center.

The event started with participants registration and a guest appearance on Living Woman Show with Lizzy Smart on #FADFM 93.1 where we discussed about menstrual hygiene day.

We are glad for the presence of Mrs. Akon Bassey-Duke for her goodwill message and motherly advise to the girls and also educating them about menstruation. We also appreciate her generous donation of 40 pack of sanitary pads to the girls present.

We planned for 20girls nonetheless we were excited to have more than 45 girls turned up, it is interesting that girls are willingly to demystify menstruation. Considering the time we are in now, we also used the opportunity to talk about #Covid19 prevention measures, nose masks were also given to the girls that do not have, right method of hand washing was demonstrated for the participant’s to see, learn and practiced. There was questions and answers time where we talked extensively about menstrual cycle and how to calculate next period date. The girls were encouraged to not be shy about menstruation and talking about it that it is a natural occurrence and nothing to hide about it.

It was interesting to hear girls share their experience about menstruation, most of them acknowledge  they had no pre-informed knowledge about it before they started and they got themselves their first pad which only reinforces the fact that menstrual hygiene education and comprehensive sexuality education should be started at the early age of a child. Just two girls had their father bought them their first pads.