Uganda today joins the rest of the world to mark the world menstrual hygiene day.
The day being commemorated for the first time in Uganda acts as an occasion to address the challenges and hardships many women and girls face during menstruation, and also highlights the positive and innovative solutions being put in place to address these challenges.
It also serves as a catalyst for a growing, global movement that recognizes and supports girls’ and women’s rights.
The theme of the day is “break the silence: Join the discourse on menstrual Hygiene Management”
Meanwhile, women rights activists want government to subsidise taxes on sanitary towels in a bid to support young girls
Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark Menstrual Hygiene day, which highlights the challenges and hardships many women and girls face during menstruation.
Speaking at the launch of the Girls in control programme at Parliament today, the Executive Director of Girls Education Movement Uganda, Irene Nafungo says many girls and women are unable to afford sanitary pads because they are expensive.
A 2012 study by the Netherlands Development Organisation shows that over 60% of girl pupils absent themselves from school during their menstruation due to lack of pads or facilities in schools.