ANIJIE GLOBAL FOUNDATION EMPOWERS WOMEN AND GIRLS BY PROMOTING GOOD MENSTRUAL HYGIENE TO END PERIOD STIGMA IN BONO EAST REGION, GHANA.
Menstruation is a natural process that affects billions of women and girls worldwide, but stigmas and misconceptions still surround it. Adolescent girls face menstrual difficulties without access to affordable sanitary products or proper hygiene practices. Unfortunately, sanitary pads are considered luxury items in Ghana and are taxed accordingly. At Anijie Global Foundation, we believe access to affordable menstrual health products and safe care is crucial for achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Gender Equality, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That is why we are advocating to end period poverty in our communities.
In line with this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day theme, “Making Menstruation a Normal Fact of Life by 2030,” we launched a project in Kintampo on May 26, 2023, to promote the SDGs, with a focus on Quality Education, Gender Equality, and Climate Action, and create a more inclusive and equitable world.
In partnership with the ladies’ wing of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT-LAS) in the Bono East Region of Ghana, our NGO educated young girls and boys on menstrual hygiene management to achieve SRHR. We challenged prevailing attitudes and provided over 350 underprivileged school girls with free sanitary products to enable them to stay in school. Our advocacy included promoting the TaxFreePeriod campaign, which calls for the government to increase access to sanitary pads and classify them as untaxed essential products. Additionally, we provided exercise books to promote quality education and gender equality and educated them about the SDGs.
Our project was attended by Queen mothers, Community Leaders, District Leaders from the Ghana National Association of Students, Teachers, Health practitioners, Stakeholders, and young women, girls, and boys from Primary and second-cycle institutions. We are committed to empowering women and girls through good menstrual hygiene and ending period stigma. This initiative, which is not our first, brings us one step closer to making menstruation a normal part of life by 2030. Previously, we embarked on various community and school engagement projects to educate and distribute over 1000 sanitary pads in marginalized communities. We encourage everyone to collaborate to create a world with equal access to menstrual hygiene resources and education.
Anijie Global Foundation is an NGO in West Africa Ghana that aims to create an enabling environment for the socio-economic empowerment of women, youth, and children towards global priorities, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2030, and the commitments towards the realization of Agenda 2063, “The Africa We Want.”
Our NGO focuses on Quality Education, Gender Equality, Climate Action, Reduced Inequality, and Partnership for the Global Goals for Development. We strive to improve the quality of life through sustainable interventions and initiatives while co-creating solutions to address the SDGs.
If you are interested in partnering with us or sponsoring our cause, please contact us at +233(0)247161465 or email us at Info@anijieglobalfoundation. You can also visit our website, www.anijieglobalfoundation.org.
At Anijie Global, we are committed to empowering lives one at a time.