By Ibrahim Kaulahi, Gusau
The Zamfara State Governor’s wife, Hajiya Aisha Bello Muhammad has vowed to create awareness among young female students aimed to encouraging girls to acquire knowledge on how best they will manage their menstruation safely as initiated by the German nonprofit WASH United 2013.
Speaking during flag off of the distribution menstrual managing items at Government Girls Secondary Schools Samaru, Aisha Matawalle recalled that, the Menstrual Hygiene Day was initiated by the German non-profit WASH United in 2013 to engage decision makers and individuals in a campaign to create awareness and change negative social norms around Menstrual Health and Hygiene, at a global level.
Aisha Matawalle who was represented by special Adviser, office of the Governor’s wife, Fatimah Musa, said the exercise was part of the First Lady’s commitments to support girls with knowledge on menstrual hygiene as well as ensure that they live in a world in which every woman and girl was empowered to manage her menstruation safely, hygienically, with confidence and without shame.
Among the items distributed during the flag off of the exercise marking the ‘2021 Menstruation Day’, were sanitary pads, 28 days white and red bracelets to all girls students on the school’s comprehensive list which would be extended to other girl’s schools in the State.
The Governor’s wife explained that this year’s theme which was titled: “Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health”, seeks to educate girls on understanding their cycle, while also highlighting solutions that address challenges girls and women worldwide face due to menstruation.
She advocates on everyone in the society to come together and put a stop to persisting taboos and stigma, which undermines the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls around the world.
In her remarks, Matron Larai Ka’oje, a nurse in the office of the First lady, has enlightened the students on proper hygienic menstrual management in order to avoid infections that may lead to serious health complications in the reproductive system.
According to her, maintaining proper menstrual hygiene is vital to health, well-being, mobility, and productivity of women and girls while also practicing the covid-19 stay safe measures.
In a closing remarks, the principal of GGDSS samaru, Hajiya Kulu Shehu thanked the Governor’s wife for the gesture aimed at supporting the girls with sanitary pads and health guides to help them undergo their periods conveniently.