The event is aimed at addressing period poverty amongst adolescents in Government Secondary School, Shere located in Bwari Area council, FCT, Nigeria thereby enhancing the attainment of sustainable development goals 5.
This project is poised to: 1) empower adolescents with necessary information on menstruation and menstrual hygiene 2) equip adolescent girls with reusable pads for proper menstrual hygiene maintenance. and also 3) address shaming and dispel myths associated with menstruation.
Justification for the project
The Government Secondary School is in Shere. Shere is a village with about 3,000 people located in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, and the community is about 13km from Bwari town (PowerShere). The village lacks accessible road networks, adequate power supply, accessible and state-of-art health facilities, and quality healthcare services (PowerShere).
Due to the limited or almost non-existent healthcare services, empowering the adolescents and the relevant stakeholders with knowledge and skills pertinent to managing menstruation hygienically and adequately is crucial to ensure improved health outcomes among adolescent girls, invariably women in the community now and in the future. In addition, due to low economic capabilities in the target population, providing them with reusable sanitary pads that they can wash and re-use for several months is more sustainable than the disposable sanitary pads.