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Unicef seeks menstrual support for adolescent women, girls

Unicef seeks menstrual support for adolescent women, girls
Unicef seeks menstrual help for adolescent girls, women

By Dennis Agbo

THE United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef, has solicited help from the federal government, organizations, dad and mom and different stakeholders, to allow adolescent girls and women have protected and proud menstrual cycles, notably throughout college intervals.

The world physique lamented that one of many difficulties confronted by younger women, particularly throughout college hours was their incapability to entry hygienic menstruation, bringing about a number of the women refusing to attend courses throughout their menstrual intervals and from there drop out of colleges.

The company emphasised that provision of water, sanitation and different menstrual services would assist the women achieve confidence in staying at colleges throughout their intervals and pleaded that conventional inhibitions of women throughout menstruation be lifted.

Unicef Nigeria WASH Manager, Mamita Bora Thakkar made the plea in a press release to have fun the 2020 Menstrual Hygiene Day, MHD, noticed worldwide on each May 28.

Thakkar stated that “Stigmatizing adolescent girls and women for something that is natural and normal, because of myths and false beliefs undermines a woman’s basic rights.”

The Unicef Chief said that an applicable MHM programme in colleges would require a multi-pronged technique, involving the dedication of a number of Ministries, stakeholders like Unicef, civil societies and others.

“An excellent Menstrual Hygiene Management, MHM, programme signifies that women have applicable info and data on the scientific points of menstrual well being and hygiene, in order that they’re empowered by this information, turn into assured to handle this. Alongside this, there’s a compelling want to handle the difficulty of lack of WASH infrastructure in colleges, on precedence.

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“Government needs to allocate appropriate budget, ensure that all schools have adequate, functional toilets, water and hand washing facilities. Government needs to make sure that girls have access to sanitary products and their disposal. We also need to work closely with parents, elders, schools teachers, community leaders to make sure the taboos, myths and the barriers around MHM is understood in an appropriate manner, and to raise awareness on these. There is a need for appropriate policies and political support, at a national level, that prioritizes MHM,” Thakkar stated.

Study signifies that solely 16 % colleges in Nigeria have fundamental water and sanitation services and solely seven % of the faculties have fundamental water, sanitation and hygiene services, placing monumental problem to menstruating women to handle their menstruation hygienically and with dignity.

The common ratio of bathrooms/latrine within the city colleges for ladies was 1: 214 and for boys 1: 374 whereas it’s 1: 168 and 1: 272 for ladies and boys respectively in rural colleges.

Most the women that responded said that they’d no prior data about menstruation earlier than menarche. There was no info on menstrual hygiene within the college curriculum and the lecturers, particularly these in co-educational colleges, have been uncomfortable to show MHM.

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