The PROJECT PAD-1000-GIRLS is borne out of the need to empower young girls who are going through various form of stigmatization, abuse and health challenges as a result of their natural monthly cycle with aim to deliver sanitary pads and health education to Bayelsa State girls from poor social and economic backgrounds to make sure that periods do not get in the way of Girls right to Education.
For most poor and vulnerable girls in Nigeria, as signs of menstruation gets close, it serves as a constant reminder of the oncoming abuse and stigmatization they are about to face. What should be a proud period in their lives, turn out to be their most dreadful period. For most of these girls, menstruation is a dream-killer because they never get to attend schools during menstruation. While for others who cannot afford a good menstrual pad, they rely on old rags and leaves as alternatives. There is no gainsaying the detrimental health challenges faced by these poor girls and women as a result of these unhygienic practices. Some are sexually abused in their quest to look for money to buy menstrual pads.
• Raise awareness about the challenges women and girls face due to menstruation and to highlight solutions that address these challenges.
• Provides a platform to advocate for making menstrual hygiene management (MHM) a part of local, national, and global policies, as well as programs, projects, and activities across global development sectors.
• Distribution of 1000 Pads to under and sanitary hygiene materials