Founded in 2014 by a German-based NGO, World Menstrual Day is now heavily celebrated across the globe; the typical menstrual cycle occurs every 28 days, hence the date 28th May, was picked as a day to highlight the lingering issues surrounding ‘Menstraul Challenges’. This year’s theme is ‘Time For Action’.
Impressively, Young Imo State Girls have risen to the challenge and have flung themselves into ‘Action’, single-handedly planning and executing several activities to broach the obscure topic of Menstrual periods. The topic of Menstruation is still an uncomfortable one to discuss, no matter where in the world it is. So it bolds well to see several individuals and organisations in Imo State of Nigeria, championing this awareness day.
In a true Diaspora Spirit, the Special Adviser to the Imo State Governor on Diaspora Affairs, joined some of these activities. Hon. Cllr. Celia Osakwe-Hibbert was on the streets of Owerri with the Girl Guides, speaking to members of the public about the significance of today’s celebration, whilst also handing out sanitary pads to girls and women alike. She wasn’t alone, a huge solidarity was shown by the Owerri Municipal TC Chairman, Hon. Ambrose Nkwodinma, who was vocal about the need for Imolites to join the fight in eradicating gender-base inequality. Lady Stella Ekeh, the Girls Guide Commissioner was also visibly present coordinating the affairs of the day.
Governor’s Special Adviser on Diaspora also joined other activities earlier today, like the Radio interview at ‘My Radio FM 101.1’ still on the same topic and this time, the Girls Brigade representatives, were present to defend the need for dignity and privacy for women; especially when they are in their menstrual periods. Answering one of the interviewer’s questions, at today’s morning show, Governor Hope Uzodinma’s Special Adviser stated that ‘she stands by Women Empowerment’ and will play active part in making sure that every single girl child will grow up feeling valued and respected as much as their male counterpart. The SA added that, as a Mentor/Matron to various Girls organisations, she will continue to support and guide the young girls every step of the way. Hon. Celia also said that, she’s confident that change is here because her Boss, the Governor, is a well known Champion for gender equality.
A couple of Diaspora organisations donated some of the sanitary pads, as they were made aware that One in every 10 girls in Africa miss school due to Menstrual period!
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