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Chidinma Chikwelu, a member of AYM educating girls in Makoko community on the importance of menstrual hygiene

To mark the Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD), Afrika Youth Movement (AYM) Nigeria Hub, on 28 May, 2018, took its campaign of #PeriodNotShame to Makoko community in Nigeria. The aim of campaign is to break the silence and combat period stigma, promote safe and hygienic practices in regards to sexual and reproductive health. The campaign targets girls from puberty to age 21 and nursing mothers. The team of AYM members and volunteers educated them on the issues surrounding menstruation and personal hygiene and subsequently distributed sanitary pad. AYM Nigeria Hub promises to make this a regular event to continue the good work it started in the community.

A member of AYM educates a group of girls

Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual awareness day on 28 May to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. According to World Bank statistics, at least 500 million women and girls worldwide lack adequate facilities for menstrual hygiene management. Furthermore, girls’ inability to manage their menstrual hygiene results in absenteeism in schools which has economic costs on not only the girls but the entire country in the long run.  Enlightening girls and women on MHD is therefore not only a matter of sanitation but an opportunity for them to improve their “dignity and body integrity.”

Afrika Youth Movement (AYM) is a pan-African, action-oriented, youth-led movement that strives for the participation, development and leadership of African youth to transform Africa and achieve their rights to equality, peace and social justice.