In celebrating the International Day of the Girl,2016 under the theme: “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girl” ,we wish to focus our call on the whole family including men and government to play their roles effectively in supporting the menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
Men and boys as well as the family have an essential role in effective menstrual hygiene programs but until the men and boys begin to talk about menstruation more freely and understand that it is a normal developmental process every girl goes through, their support for MHM needs of the girls and women within the family, community and school will be unexceptional.
Ghana’s policy landscape for Menstrual Hygiene Management within the school context is neither focusing on the infrastructure, sanitary pads nor health education, let alone the out-of-school. For J Initiative (JI), Menstrual Hygiene Management should be seen as being more than women’s issue and most importantly as one that requires action by policy makers.
On this special day for the girl child, J Initiative on behalf of the numerous girls we have interacted with under the Happy School Girl Project join other stakeholders to call for a comprehensive approach that can improve attitudes, knowledge, hygienic practices of girls, parents and community, policy environment as well as the physical infrastructure towards MHM. Remember, the one-out-of-the -ten girls who misses out on school due to menstruation could be your sister.