Period Poverty / Stigmatization Affecting Academic Excellence
Nsuatre, Monday, May 29, 2023
There is the need for collective and committed effort towards ending menstruation stigmatization, Mrs. Harriet Osei-Amoah Owusu, a philanthropist and a native of the Bono region has called.
She stated as it is normal and accepted for a young boy to grow bear, menstruation is also a normal thing and ought to be stigmatization free.
Mrs. Osei-Amoah Owusu observed that period poverty and period stigmatization are some of the major factors negatively affecting academic works and excellence amongst young girls.
Her outfit is therefore doing all they could to ensure Period Poverty and Stigmatization become things of the past.
Mrs Osei-Amoah Owusu therefore urged teaching and learning organization and institutions to provide period friendly facilities and talk about menstruation through education.
She was speaking to the fourlens.com in an interview at Nsuatre, after donating 1,752 pieces of sanitary pads worth over Ghc23,000.00 to over 900 SHS girls in the Bono and Ahafo regions.
It was through friends and family donations.
The beneficiaries were students of Acherensua and Sacred Heart Senior High Schools and each girl received three pieces as contribution to help them stay in school throughout the academic year.
Mrs. Osei-Amoah Owusu explained that the school girl menstruating in an unfavourable environment and without sanitary pads to keep herself loses self confidence to be in the classroom or go closer to people.
In further interview, Mr. Alexander Badu, a teacher affirmed that some girls absent themselves from school when menstruating.
Sometimes others who endure to come to school within their period don’t have the peace of mind to concentrate on class activities because of the pains they go through and that always affect their performance, he added.
Adoma Cristabel, a beneficiary told thefourlens.com that sometimes her only option is the use of rag because sanitary pads are expensive and unaffordable.
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