First Lady’s menstrual hygiene initiative to benefit thousands countrywide

By Theophilus Chuma
THE rights and dignity of women remain a topical issue with a menstrual hygiene initiative launched by the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa this Wednesday set to benefit thousands countrywide.
Menstrual hygiene remains a topical issue in most countries, as girls and women, particularly in rural communities bear the brunt of exorbitant prices of sanitary wear.
This leaves them with very little option but to seek alternative measures such as cow dung, leaves and unhygienic rags.
An estimated 70 percent of girls of school-going age in Zimbabwe miss out on learning during their monthly period, due to lack of proper sanitary wear.
Hope is however not lost as this gap is being closed through a programme that will provide free reusable sanitary pads, an initiative driven by the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa.
A partnership between the First Lady’s Angel of Hope Foundation and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, will see vulnerable girls benefiting countrywide.
“We are working with the Angel of Hope Foundation to meet one of the fundamental rights for girls and women in vulnerable communities. We are confident that this initiative will transform thousands of young lives in Zimbabwe,” she said.
The project is already running across the country, and it goes beyond just improving girls’ access to sanitary wear.
The message by the First Lady is that menstrual hygiene is not a luxury but a necessity, and a fundamental right for the girl child, a stance that has been applauded by beneficiary provinces.
“We want to thank the First Lady for Upholding the rights of the girl child through the provision of this essential product. For a long time, this issue has been held in taboo in our society, and we want to thank the first lady for breaking these barriers.
“This initiative restores the pride and dignity of young girls and women and is therefore important to Upholding their rights to equal participation in social development. Menstrual health is one of the important areas that nations are focusing on and we applaud the efforts by the first lady to bring to attention this very important aspect in the lives of the girl child,” they said
In adulation, various women and partners joined the First Lady to celebrate the beginning of an enhanced focus on Menstrual Health Management, that will transform the lives of thousands of girls across the country.