Nigeria – The 2021 World Menstrual Hygiene Day has come and gone, with a call on all stakeholders to raise awareness on proper menstrual hygiene management for women.
The day set aside by a German-based Non-Governmental Organization, WASH United, is aimed at highlighting the importance of good menstrual hygiene management at global level.
Onyinye Agubaeze reports that the Emmaus House Awka, was filled to capacity yesterday as people from all works of life converged to celebrate this year’s World Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrated on twenty-eighth May every year.
Speaking on the significance of the day at a symposium organized by Creative Ladies Global Resources, the wife of the Governor, Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano, represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Social Re-Orientation, Mrs. Mitchel Onugbolu, advised young women to see menstruation as the pride of every woman.
Mrs Obiano, while commending the Convener, advised the participants to share their knowledge on proper menstrual hygiene with others.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Afam Mbanefo, who noted that the knowledge of proper menstrual hygiene management is not left for women alone, as young men would grow to have wives and daughters, advised against the stigmatization of ladies who are in their menstrual periods.
In their separate speeches, the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Uche Ekwunife, represented by Mrs Ify Chiwugo, Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, represented by Mrs Ngozi Uba and the former Minister of Women Affairs, Iyom Josephine Aneni, noted that the day was set aside to eradicate the historical stigma associated with menstruation among the female gender, and to encourage young women to manage their menstrual hygiene with confidence.
Appreciating the donors and participants at the event, the Convener, founder of the Creative Ladies Global Resources, Engineer Maureen Okolieukwu, noted that the aim of the event was to educate young ladies on proper menstrual hygiene management and how to make cost-effective reusable sanitary pads.
In their separate remarks, some of the participants, including Miss Nwigwe Jessica, Ofolate Chinemerem and Chidozie Ifechukwu, who are students of Blossom Fount, British College, Saint John of God Secondary School and Flora Field College, Awka, respectively, thanked the Convener, Engineer Maureen, for the knowledge garnered, saying it has boosted their confidence as young women.