CELEBRATING THE WORLD MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY

The Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda (FAWE Uganda) on 27th May, 2017 joined various Civil Society Organizations to commemorate the 4th National Menstrual Hygiene Day. The day was celebrated under the theme: “Education about Menstruation, Changes Everything.”

The celebrations held at Kitante Primary School commenced with a walk that was flagged off by the Chief Guest, Hon. Dr. Muyingo John Chrysostom, the Minister of State for Higher Education. The walk that started from YMCA to Kitante Primary School at 9:00amwas attended by numerous stakeholders including: Civil Society Organizations (Straight Talk Foundation, Afripads, Water Aid International and Plan International Uganda), representatives from the line Ministry’s of Education and Sports, and the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Teachers and Students from various schools (Kiti Parents Primary School and Gombe High School).

Hon. Dr. Muyingo John Chrysostom, in his speech thanked the organizers and all stakeholders present for attending the event. He said that, “The Government of Uganda appreciates the contribution of all Development partners in addressing challenges facing children in schools especially the girl child, like menstrual hygiene that gravely affects the education of female children. The Ministry of Education and Sports, is committed to supporting all critical areas in the education sector including provision of appropriate infrastructure and facilities focused on improving sanitation and hygiene such as provision of enough water and sanitary towels in schools, hand washing facilities and changing rooms to prevent diseases and also keep the girl child in school.”

”He added that, “The theme for this year’s commemoration highlights the critical role education plays in promoting menstrual hygiene both in school and home.” He committed that, “The Ministry will roll out different interventions and activities focused at building the capacity of learners and teachers on menstrual hygiene management through training them on issues relating to puberty, reproductive health, menstrual cycle and related changes in the body as well as life skills education.” The Minister further implored the private sector to invest in mass production and distribution of affordable and environmentally friendly sanitary towels, water tanks, other sanitation and hygiene products in schools as part of corporate social responsibility.

The event featured a panel of expert’s discussion on the role of partners in promoting Menstrual Hygiene Management in the Ugandan schools. Ms. Angela Nakafero, the Gender Specialist at the Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) noted that, “The Ministry is committed to ensuring that all schools in Uganda are gender sensitive by encouraging them to have changing rooms, water and life cycle messages to support grown-up girls to keep in school in addition to ensuring that children’s rights are adhered to.” She also encouraged the private sector to continue supporting in the provision of sanitary pads to school girls to guarantee their in school.

Ms. Hariet Akello, a representative from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development expressed that “As a Ministry their role in Menstrual Hygiene Management is focused on sensitizing parents and community members on the management of menstrual hygiene to create awareness and increase their knowledge about it. We also educate both boys and girls on the body changes they experience gradually and how to break the silence.

Eng. Musingizi, the key note speaker stressed that, “The Government of Uganda and private sector players need to join hands and work together towards availing sanitary towels and other hygiene materials to girls.” He also implored the schools to provide an enabling environment for the girls’ menstrual hygiene management.

Dr. Y.K. Nsubuga the Director of Basic and Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education and Sports thanked various stakeholders including the Minister of State for Higher Education, Representatives from the different Government Agencies and Civil Society Organizations, panelists and all members present for attending the Celebrations. He emphasized that the MoES, will involve and engage all stakeholders in the discussions on effective management of menstrual hygiene and find lasting solutions to the current prevailing situation.

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