Governor’s spouse tells teachers to educate young girls on menstruation
06 June 2016, 20:30
Nairobi - Parents and teachers have been urged to educate teenage girls about natural body developments and how to handle them especially menstruation.
The wife of Murang’a governor, Jane Mwangi, observed that girls who experience menstruation without prior enlightenment tend to be shy and in some cases develop withdrawal characteristics.
Speaking at Muchungucha primary school in Murang’a, Jane said in some communities menstruation is perceived as a taboo and associated with negative cultural attitudes.
She also gave out free sanitary towels to more than 2000 girls drawn from various schools in Mbiiri Ward while hundreds of young boys were given under garments.
She said young girls end up missing classes when they are experiencing monthly periods due to fear from their peers.
She added that apart from lack of education on sanitary hygiene, most girls especially in rural areas are unable to afford sanitary towels thus making them avoid going to school when they are experiencing monthly periods.
“The onset of menstruation is most dramatic sign of girls’ puberty and it usually affects the girls’ socialization with family and community and may have a negative impact on their education,” said the governor’s wife.
She noted the need to have sanitary hygiene education, adding that all stakeholders in the sector should ensure availability of sanitary towels to all girls.
The society at large, Jane said, has a solemn responsibility in ensuring that sanitary hygiene is up-scaled so that the girl child can have equal access to education like boys.
She, however, said boy child is equally facing challenges of disempowerment which need to be addressed.
“As we put emphasis on the girl child similar efforts need to be directed to the boy child to facilitate a conducive environment for them,” she added.
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