8.2 C
Madrid
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Youth Organization Trains Woman and Girls As Menstrual Health Educators

Bridge Connect Africa Initiative provides community educators with menstrual hygiene kits

Must read

Dance Away With ‘A Suitable Boy’ – The Mira Nair Show Is Now Streaming On Netflix

INDIA. A Suitable Boy, directed by Mira Nair, based on Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel of the same name is now streaming on...

Young Man Creates Much Needed Employment Opportunity In Mumbai Slum To Lift Women From Poverty

INDIA. Mumbai, Maharashtra: Mohan Rathod grew up in a slum community in Mumbai. He was a first-hand witness to the impact of...

Dr. José Rizal Meets Sherlock Holmes In Philippine Book Of Horrors

Imagine Dr. José Rizal and Sherlock Holmes, the two smartest persons in history, together in a horror story. A story where fiction meets a national historical figure.

Thai Parliament To Hold Special Session

THAILAND. Bangkok: The Royal Gazette of Thailand announced on 21 October that there will be a special parliamentary meeting starting on 26...
Justina Asishana
Justina Asishana
Justina Asishana is a Nigerian from Edo state. She is a data and investigative journalist who also fact-checks. She covers health, agriculture, education and governance

NIGERIA. Kano. Concerned over the plight of adolescent girls and women in maintaining their menstrual hygiene in rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bridge Connect Africa Initiative in Nigeria has trained 42 girls and women on menstrual health.

Pandemics do not stop menstruation

The Executive Director of Bridge Connect Africa Initiative, Sani Muhammad, spoke to Transcontinental Times and said that despite the pandemic spreading across the world, mensuration does not stop and a lot of girls and women are currently lacking in the area of hygiene.

- Advertisement -

He continued, “Mensuration is not a taboo, it is the pride of every woman. Considering the times we are in, menstruation does not stop during pandemics. Girls need the knowledge, tools, and resources to keep safe and lead healthy lives. The project will help to promote menstrual equity and reduce the stigma on period poverty.”

One of the Participants holding a poster which says menstruation is not a taboo. Photo Credit : Justina Asishana

About Marke Community

Marke community is a rural community in Dambatta Local Government, which is 60km from Kano city in Nigeria.

- Advertisement -

Sani explained that Marke was selected for the training and sensitisation project because it is the biggest village in local government area that serves a population of over 15,000 people but does not have a functional primary healthcare centre or any other social amenities.

“The case of the community is very pathetic”, said Sani, “the people are grossly deficient in accessing maternal healthcare services, as they lack functional primary health care or basic water, sanitation and hygiene services.

- Advertisement -

“As an organization, we are keen on upskilling, building resilience, creating a safe space for mentorship and provide an emergency transport service for Marke and its environs.”

Uncertainty around menstrual pads

During the training, the majority of the girls and women admitted that they did not know what a menstrual pad was or what it is used for.

The organization made packs of menstrual pads that were given to all the participants and they were taught how to use them. The group produced 80 dignity kits, which include petroleum jelly, liquid soap, menthol, hair cream, toothpaste, and deodorant. The women and girls were also taught how to maintain personal hygiene when they have their periods.

In addition, the training covered the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 prevention guidelines (i.e. washing of hands, use of facemasks, and maintaining social distancing).

Community sensitization

The youth organization also taught the women and girls how to monetize the skills they learnt, a development which Sani said would boost their self-esteem during the era of COVID-19.

300 community members, including men and boys, were also sensitized on the need to create inclusive and safe spaces for women, to ensure they can access information and services that will improve their well-being.

Benefits for the Trainees

At the end of the training, the organization was happy with the resilience of some of the girls and provided seed funding of N20,000 for five girls who showed promise in scaling up their new skills in the community.

Sani explained that the girls were matched with women who are trained as local experts on the skill sets for mentorship, saying that the girls would be mentored for the next three months by these women to scale up their work.

“We believe we are empowering young girls who would set the pace for other women and girls rights issues in their communities and Nigeria”, Sani stated.

More articles

Latest article

Watch ‘Swallow’ On MUBI Starting Oct. 31

INDIA. The global curated film streaming service MUBI has announced that Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ award-winning psychological thriller Swallow will be available to watch exclusively on the platform in...

Young Man Creates Much Needed Employment Opportunity In Mumbai Slum To Lift Women From Poverty

INDIA. Mumbai, Maharashtra: Mohan Rathod grew up in a slum community in Mumbai. He was a first-hand witness to the impact of...

Rohingya Refugee Camp Conflict Free After Police Intervention

BANGLADESH. Coxsbazar Rohingya Refugee Camp: In the last six months, 61 people have been killed as a result of violence among Rohingyas. ...

I Had A Whale Of A Time Playing Varun Mehra In ‘A Suitable Boy’: Vivaan Shah

INDIA. BBC television drama miniseries A Suitable Boy is now streaming on Netflix. Directed by Mira Nair, the six episode series is...

Nishant Set To Make His Single Debut As Composer And Songwriter

INDIA. New Delhi. After composing melodies for theatre plays & writing songs for indie bands & musicians, Nishant is set to release...