The Chief Executive Officer of Abronoma Foundation, a non-profit making organization, Mrs. Linda Nyarko Yeboah has urged girls in the Jaman North District of the Bono Region not to be ashamed when they menstruate.
She said this at an event held to commemorate World Menstrual Hygiene Day.
May 28th is Internationally recognized as Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrated globally under specific themes.
This year’s theme is dubbed; ‘Making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030′.
Mrs. Linda Nyarko and the entire crew of Abronoma Foundation visited girls in some selected Senior High schools within the Jaman North district to raise awareness on better menstrual hygiene and empower the female students to be confident during menstruation.
Mrs. Nyarko Yeboah (who doubles as a Girl Child advocate) emphasized that menstruation is not a disease, nor is it a taboo but rather it is a natural biological experience for women and girls. She also explained that it indicates the transition to womanhood for girls.
She also led the foundation to donate over 500 Sanitary pads to some girls in the communities they visited.
She added that there was no shame to own a sanitary pad and use one when necessary.
Mrs. Nyarko Yeboah educated the girls to ensure hygiene and abstain from sex during menstruation to prevent teenage and unwanted pregnancies.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed to the foundation for the kind gesture.
World Menstrual Hygiene Day is observed on May 28 every year to spread awareness, break the taboos and end the stigma around menstruation.
According to UNFPA, May 28 signifies the menstrual cycle of females. As a fertility cycle lasts for 28 days, the date chosen to mark the day is 28. In the same way, an average period lasts for five days and therefore May, the fifth day of the month is selected.