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CODE, CSO launch project to tackle period poverty

CODE, CSO launch project to tackle period poverty
March 29
12:23 2024

Connected Development (CODE) a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has partnered with Women Unite 4 WASH to launch “Buy me a pad”, a campaign that seeks to promote menstrual hygiene among women and girls.

Women Unite 4 WASH is a group of six women-led NGOs under the umbrella body of the society for water and sanitation (NEWSAN).

Speaking at the event on Thursday, Priscilla Achakpa, board member, NEWSAN and global president, women environment program (WEP), said lack of access to menstrual hygiene products can lead to missed opportunities in education, health issues, economic, and perpetuate gender inequality.

Citing the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Achakpa said period poverty affects over 37 million girls and women in Nigeria which translates to 38 percent of menstruating women and girls.

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“But today, we desire to change that narrative,” she said.

“The ‘Buy me a pad’ project aims to address period poverty by providing free and affordable menstrual hygiene products to those in need.

“But it goes beyond just distribution. Our initiative is focused on raising awareness, promoting education, accessibility and affordability of menstrual hygiene management, training on how to make reusable pads, and advocating for sustainable solutions.

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“We believe that everyone deserves access to the basic necessities of life, and menstrual hygiene products are no exception.

“By ensuring access to these products, we are not only promoting physical well-being but also empowering women and girls to pursue their dreams and ambitions without the limitations imposed by period poverty.

“Through partnerships with local and international NGOs, businesses, and government agencies, we aim to reach every corner of Nigeria, ensuring that no woman or girl is left behind.”

Hamzat Lawal, chief executive, CODE, said period poverty is a national emergency and a crisis that must be addressed.

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“What this means is that women and girls may not be able to fully achieve their potential in life and this will affect our gross domestic product as a country and a country that does not create an enabling environment for women and girls, what kind of country is that?” Lawal said.

The activist urged government agencies, private sectors, and global leaders to support the movement in reaching women and girls in rural communities as the economic hardship bites.

Lawal, on behalf of CODE, presented a cheque of N1,500,000 to NEWSAN in support of the project.

Elizabeth Ugoh, director, water quality control and sanitation, federal ministry of water resources and sanitation, also pledged the ministry’s support and collaboration.

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