Girl Child & Menstrual Hygiene 2020 Celebration was a huge success. Research revealed that a higher percentage of young girls in rural communities fail to achieve the learning goals of being in school and perform dismally since they have to avoid being in school on an average of 9 weeks each academic session (3 terms) because they are unable to manage their period. Hope Builders believes that it requires a collaborative action to achieve collective impact.
Although, we joined the world in celebrating the International Menstrual Hygiene Day tagged, “It’s Time For Action” on May 28, 2020 and the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, 2020; everything was done online and not many young people especially rural dwellers have adequate IT-Related structures to join online discussions. Therefore, we choose not to allow the COVID-19 Locked down crisis rob our girls of their rights to quality information. Periods do not stop for pandemics but we can stop the pandemic: It’s Time for collective Action.
The 2020 event tagged “My Voice, Our Equal Future” featured talks on menstrual hygiene, skills improvement and career opportunities as necessities for girls to thrive in the changing world. The ceremony had in attendance girls and teachers from thirteen schools out of fifteen that were invited. The event was also graced by many dignitaries including the Senior Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State on Political matter, Hon. Joy Akut who served as the Chairperson of the occasion, Special Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor on legal matters, Barrister Rabi Adamu Musa Manchi, among others.
Our vision is to see school girls in Kaduna state and Nigeria as a whole break beyond genders issues that women battled with and go on to achieve their aspirations while becoming active contributors and participants within their communities.
The sensitization will continue from one school to another from January 2021, to ensure that girls are able to stand strong and pursue their dreams because periods cannot stop them from living their dreams regardless of how it is viewed by people from different backgrounds.