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A Woman's Place Is...Gender Equality Blog #4

A Woman's Place Is...Gender Equality Blog #4

Date Posted: 28/05/2018

Follow this blog as we explore where a women’s place is in a post #metoo Ghanaian society.

It’s Menstrual Hygiene Day!


Today is a day to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential. The theme for 2018 is #NoMoreLimits; empowering women and girls through good menstrual hygiene.

UNESCO estimates that one in ten girls across sub-Saharan Africa miss school when they have their period due to lack of facilities, menstrual products or information. This accounts for almost 20% of the school year, inevitably leading to women and girls falling behind or dropping out of school all together.

However, it’s not just the practical requirements which impact women during menstruation. Social and cultural taboos are still prominent. Ghana recently hit the headlines when menstruating girls were 'banned from crossing the river to get to school' following a directive from the community’s river God.

 

The PWA Gender Research Team have been working closely with our local community to understand how menstruation limits women and girls in the region; from their access to facilities to social and cultural views. Initial research suggests that more than 30% of local people don’t think women should go to school when they have their period.

 

The team will continue to work with the community to understand this view and to work towards breaking down any practical barriers and challenging menstruation myths, so that menstruation no longer limits woman’s access to education; ultimately ensuring that a women’s place is with #nomorelimits.

Author: Amy - PWA Volunteer

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