GHANA IS joining hands with the rest of the world today, May 28, in celebrating the 2019 edition of the Menstrual Hygiene Day.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) is organizing the celebration in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources as well as the Ghana Health Service.
This year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day is being held under the theme: ‘It’s Time For Action.’
It comes with a focus on action on Menstrual Hygiene management.
According to GES in a statement, “it is a fact that too many girls are missing school and their future because of misinformation, myths and harmful practices that relate menstruation.”
It said “about 26% of global population menstruates between 2 and 7 days each month. That’s 3000 days in a lifetime and 7 million girls and women in Ghana.”
According to the statement, “menstruation affects women and girls differently depending on social norms, customs, education, geography and socioeconomic factors.”
It added that “each month, women and girls need to manage this with dignity, whether they are at home, school, at work or when traveling.”
The statement highlighted the financial cost burden of managing menstrual hygiene globally.
BY Melvin Tarlue