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NGO raises awareness of menstrual and gender-based violence at FCT school

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NGO raises awareness of menstrual and gender-based violence at FCT school

By Ruth Oketunde

On Wednesday, Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation, an NGO, launched an awareness campaign on the menstrual cycle, sexual and gender -based violence among students at junior high school , Karu, in the CTF.

Ms Ololade Ogunnubi, the founder of the foundation, said the campaign was part of the activities to mark this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day, which will be celebrated on May 28.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that this day, celebrated around the world, aims to raise awareness of the importance of good menstrual hygiene management globally.

Ogunnubi said the event, which is themed; “Debunking Menstrual Myths” was organized in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services.

She said the organization decided to take the campaign to students at the grassroots to shatter misconceptions about menstruation and raise awareness of the need to promote good menstrual hygiene.

“We are presenting this campaign to school children in five states FCT, Nasarawa, Lagos, Ogun and Oyo and we are not limiting it only to female students, we want male students to learn about it as well.

“The event which kicked off on Monday May 24 in Nasarawa State will last until June 11 and will include discussions on menstrual hygiene management, water, sanitation and hygiene practices, as well as sexual and gender-based violence.

“We also subject them to different sanitary products and how to use and dispose of them properly.

“We intend to create a culture that welcomes discussions without shame and to provide adequate education on these topics for boys and girls.

“There are children who stay away from school every time they have their period because of a lack of menstrual hygiene management products, which is not meant to be,” he said. she declared.

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Mr. Wilson Atumeyi, a facilitator, who spoke on “sexual and gender-based violence”, also called on students to always speak up whenever they are assaulted.

Atumeyi, who stressed that they could be raped physically, emotionally or psychologically, instructed them to always share their issues with their parents, guardians, school counselors and trusted adults who could help them seek justice.

Ms Rejoice Ajayi and Master Omego Kenechukwu, both JSS 3 students from the school, appreciated the group for the lecture, adding that they had learned new things about menstrual hygiene management.

NAN reports that the event included the distribution of sanitary napkins, stationery, debit control cards, information materials, among others, to students. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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