Programmes Manager at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Charlotte Akwaah-Adjei Marfo, has admonished parents, especially fathers to factor in monthly stipends for sanitary products for teenage girls in their menstrual period.
She said menstruation is a biological process of womanhood, therefore there is no need for women to be shy about it and society, especially men to stigmatize women in their periodic cycle. She called on the government and all stakeholders to sensitize and educate students on the subject but most importantly, the need to provide the sanitary facilities that girls need when they are in their blood-letting period.
“It is very important to take it holistically, starting from all stakeholders including government. We have our structures, the school system is there, the education system is there, so we have a lot of sensitization and education going on in our schools. But more importantly, we have to provide the facilities that women need when we are menstruating.
“For instance, if you have a house without a toilet and I have to go to a public toilet, how do I get the privacy to change when I have to? If I have to bathe at a public bath house, what is the privacy when I’m menstruating? And when I go to school and there is no toilet and the boys will be peeping when you want to change yourself or when you soil yourself and all that".
Mrs. Marfo was speaking on the heels of the ‘World Menstruation Day’ with TV3’s Martin Asiedu Dartey on Thursday, May 27.
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