Menstrual Hygiene is a discussion everyone should have because it has affected education for both girls and boys with girls being in the centre of it all. In Uganda, 23%,of adolescent girls in the age group of 12-18 dropout of school when they start their menstruation. If condoms are freely accessible yet sex is a choice why not make the accessibility of sanitary towels free to keep girls in schools since menstruation is a natural process?
A limited access to Menstrual hygiene products is a reality for many adolescent girls in school. Menstrual equity needs to be ensured where these products like clean water and sanitary towels are available in schools to avoid girls from being discriminated and isolated for a process that happens to them naturally. However much girls have quite some fair knowledge on menstruation, areas of being firmiliar with the Menstrual cycles and how to use, prepare, place and safely dispose their used sanitary towels is still a major challenge.
Boys benefit from menstrual education too. Educating boys and girls at an early age promotes health habits and helps to break the stigmas around the natural process.
The main objective of this petition is to ensure that women and girls can manage their periods in a healthy way which enables their full participation in school, work and other co-cirricular activities.
It's time for concrete action by investing in Menstrual Health Management programs to provide Menstrual hygiene products to girls in school to decrease on the number of school dropouts.