Prioritize Feminine Protection over Artificial Contraception

Prioritize Feminine Protection over Artificial Contraception

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Gabrielle Carlos and Dezscyrie Pearl Lorenzo started this petition to women and

We have created this petition to fight for Women’s right to good menstrual hygiene and to instill in every one's mind that good menstrual hygiene is for all women, regardless of our social status.

According to the 2014 UNESCO report, Puberty Education, and Menstrual Hygiene Management, one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa missed school during their menstrual period. Similar studies by the World Bank Group have estimated that a girl loses twenty percent of a given school year due to their menstrual cycle, sanitation facilities and infrastructure, and cultural beliefs around menstruation.

There is this girl who is G Talukdar, an 18-year old woman from Assam’s Baram area (India), who died on 23 April after a parasite was found inside her stomach. The doctors concluded that it happened due to the unhygienic practice of using cloth in place of sanitary napkins during periods. The use of old pieces of cloth instead of sanitary napkins is a common practice in rural Assam, where access to proper menstrual hygiene is still limited. 

While sex is a choice, menstruation is not. In connection with this, in order to make sure that the Filipinos wouldn't experience what was mentioned above, it is best if the government, especially the health sector which is the Department of Health, prioritize feminine protection, meaning, the Philippines should give importance in issues that concern the reproductive health of women and they can start by providing free and safe sanitary napkins instead of continuing the giving of free condoms in school which was proposed 2 years ago. 

Aside from giving out free sanitary napkins, they can also provide menstrual cups that are safer and chemical-free. These menstrual cups do not only contribute to women alone but it is also beneficial for our environment because menstrual cups eliminate disposal waste since these cups can last for years, making them more economical compared to other period or menstruation supplies.

We should focus on the natural event women are experiencing that we cannot control, instead of handing out free artificial contraceptives to people who are capable of making a choice in the things they do.

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