Empowering Girls in Goromonzi District Through Menstrual Hygiene Education

Empowering Girls in Goromonzi District Through Menstrual Hygiene Education

Cycle Health Zimbabwe, in collaboration with the Goromonzi Rural District Council, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the Ministry of Health and Childcare, the Ministry of Women Affairs, UNESCO, and Kindry, commemorated Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th at Chinyika High School in Goromonzi District.

Menstrual Health Day is celebrated annually on May 28th. It is a crucial occasion that aims to break the silence surrounding menstruation, promote awareness, and empower individuals with knowledge about menstrual hygiene.

The event featured engaging discussions, informative sessions, and activities centered around menstrual health. Cycle Health Zimbabwe’s director, Mrs. Gava, addressed this head-on, emphasizing that menstruation is a natural process and that there is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Students shared personal stories, dispelling myths and misconceptions. Menstruation affects not only physical health but also mental well-being. The hormonal changes can lead to mood swings, anxiety, and stress.

The program also included a talk by Advocate Vicky Mlilo, who highlighted menstrual health and encouraged open conversations about emotions during menstruation.

Cycle Health, Kindry, and UNESCO also collaborated to distribute menstrual products to students. Each student received a menstrual hygiene kit containing sanitary pads, wipes, and educational materials. This initiative aimed to bridge the gap and ensure that no student misses school due to lack of access to menstrual products.

A representative from the Ministry of Women Affairs said, “As we move forward, let us continue to support initiatives that empower young individuals, ensuring that menstruation is no longer a taboo but a topic discussed openly and compassionately.” Students from more than ten different schools showcased their talents through short plays, poetry, music, and dance.

The schools highlighted how the program had transformed the attitudes of boys towards menstruation and improved access to reusable cloth pads through the skills taught in making reusable pads and panties.

Some of the schools present included Zimbiru, Munyawiri, Tsatse, and Nyakudya Secondary schools. They gave testimonials on the benefits they received from Cycle Health Zimbabwe’s menstrual health programs.

This year, the participating schools were furnished with dignity kits in an effort to improve the menstrual health emergency response in schools.

Lisca Philo

Lisca Philo is a female journalism and media student from Zimbabwe Open University. She is a debater and a writer and was also once selected as the vice president of web of life which is a SAYWHAT group of young ladies, teaching about SRHR related things. Voted to be student representative secretary for special needs at Zimbabwe Open University in 2023.. Believes in fighting issues within societies to do with poverty, disability , GBV, drug abuse, and sexual harassment. . Also encouraging development and respecting people's objective from different backgrounds and walks of life

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