Include menstrual hygiene in schools curriculum – NAWE

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By Chijioke Kingsley

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Nigerian Association of Women Entrepreneurs, (NAWE), has advocated for inclusion of Menstrual Hygiene in Health Education Curriculum of the country.

President, NAWE, Barr. Vera Ndanusa who is also an Advocate of the Girl Child, appealed to the government to formulate policies that will awareness menstrual Health Education in Nigeria.

Ndanusa suggested that Health Club water, sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health should be set up in schools to educate the girl-child on personal hygiene.

She said the approach will help to break the stigma and demystify the culture of silence menstrual hygiene that can benefit women and girls in Nigeria.

Identifying high cost of sanitary pads as one of the major challenges faced by women and the girl-child in maintaining proper hygiene, Ndanusa beacon government and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), to assist ladies with free donation of the product.

According to her “Over 37 million Nigerian adolescent girls and women of reproductive age, lack access to menstrual hygiene products due to high costs.

“An increase in the importation tariff has affected consumers’ and purchasing ability, which is detrimental to women and girls.

“This high cost of menstrual products which will in the long run be borne by women and girls will definitely affect girls across Nigeria, thereby creating a ‘Period Poverty,’ a situation where women and young girls lack access to sanitary products due to financial constraints.

“NAWE will also use this opportunity to highlight to the appropriate authorities, the danger the proposed National Diaper and Sanitary Pads Policy, which increases the import tariff Diapers and Sanitary pads from 20 percent to 55 percent poses on Menstrual Hygiene Management.

“This Policy will no doubt affect the availability, affordability and acceptability of sanitary pads in the country, and will further negate the successes so far recorded in the fight against poor hygiene among women”, Ndanusa said.