Young girls in six local Governments across Enugu state will receive 330,000 sanitary pads in commiseration of the International Day of the girl-child.
The International Day of girl-child is celebrated on October 11 annually across the world, but Obisike Foundation will announce different dates as to when it will be visiting each location.
Obisike Foundation, an NGO, pledging the distribution of the pads would be done in collaboration with the state ministry of women affairs.
Obisike Murphy Nnaji, founder of the foundation, said the beneficiary local Government areas are Nkanu west, Ezeagu, Nsukka, Aninri, Agwu, and Udi. “In OF, we believe in giving every child every means necessary to reach their great potentials. Most often young girls in Africa have to skip school and stay home simply because they cannot afford to buy sanitary pads during their menstrual periods,” he said. “Something so natural and integral to a growing woman’s development should not be a barrier to her success or meant as an embarrassment or shame.” He said the empowerment of young girls would have a long-lasting impact on them in relation to their studies, health, and help reduce the risk of spreading HIV/AIDs in their communities.
Obisike is urging the government at all levels to be committed and invest in the menstrual and general health of young girls in the state. “The government can provide free sanitary pads to young girls in secondary schools across the country monthly. This is because girls especially in the rural communities, who cannot afford to buy sanitary pads, use alternatives such as wrappers and cotton wool which can cause them infection. “Girls will shape the world of tomorrow; we all have obligation to give them confidence to succeed in building a better world.” Obisike said one million sanitary pads will be donated by OF to young girls in Other states too, like Anambra, Abia, and Eboyi state.
OF, which has a presence in a few states already, and began its operation in Enugu, Nigerian in 2015.
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