As part of efforts to stem the tide of teenage pregnancy and its attendant problems, it became expedient for us at Bestspring Foundation, through its Girls Arise Initiative, to educate our schoolgirls at Ijegun on their reproductive health rights. And so on Saturday 15th July, we partnered with Linking Hands Foundation and its allies to organise a conference on Menstrual Hygiene.
Linking Hands Foundation, headed by Mrs. EfeFarinre,
offered to support us with Re-useable pads, which was graciously supplied by
Days For Girls International and refreshments.
It was a very warm and interactive session with Dr.
AramideOteju, Mrs. EfeFarinre and myself sharing deep truths with the over
sixty girls in attendance. We spoke about menstrual cycle, ovulation and sex.
We spoke about the challenges girls face during menstrual periods and how it
often prevents them from attending school.
The girls were thoroughly excited when they were introduced
to the re-useable pads package as a better alternative, considering that many
already had problems with buying regular branded pads like Always, Diva, Dr.
Brown, Lady Care or other local brands like Cotton wool, Toilet tissue and
The girls asked questions on how to manage menstrual pain
and hygiene, mood swings, and peer group pressures that often lure them into
sex and sometimes unwanted pregnancy.
It was indeed an insightful and informative experience for
the girls. Much more it was a blessed day because they found a ready solution
to the nagging problem of managing menstruation without distraction or shame.
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