BREAKING MENSTRUATION SILENCE

Menstruation is a normal biological process and a very important sign of reproductive health, yet many cultures sees it as something shameful, negative or dirty. The limited access of teenagers to information at homes and in schools results in millions of women and girls having little ideas about what is happening in their bodies when they start menstruating and how to deal with it.

Imagine a practice where a girl has to stay away from school during her menstrual periods possible because her mates would make jest of her, some girls sits on sand a whole day during menstruation, hoping the sand will stop the flow of blood, in short many girls and women faces challenges with managing their periods safely.

In addition to taboos and cultural practices, girls and women capacity to ensure to ensure a good menstrual hygiene is affected by series of factors such as;

·       * Limited access affordable and hygienic sanitary materials especially at spontaneous flow
·        *Insufficient access to safe and private toilet
·         *Lack of clean water and soap for personal hygiene e.t.c.

In some societies, materials such as mud, leaves, animal skin, are used to manage menstrual flows, as a result some girls and women are often exposed to infections. Facing long standing stigma social attached to menstruating girls and women, many become isolated from their families, friends and their communities, they often miss school thereby falling behind their male counterparts.


In order to break the silence around menstruation and poor menstrual hygiene practices in Nigeria, PAD-UP CREATIONS came up with the idea of a washable and re usable
menstrual kits, they aim at educating teenagers, youths and adults about taboos, hygiene and reproductive health, and to confront stigmas attached to menstruation acknowledging the fact that menstruation is a normal body process and a sign of good living.

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