Usanii Village Africa recently marked Menstrual Hygiene Day with an empowering celebration in June that aimed to make menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030. Under the theme "Making Menstruation a Normal Fact of Life by 2030," the organization hosted an interactive workshop that engaged 45 students and 7 teachers from 7 schools in Kinyamaseke Town Council. The primary focus of the event was to discuss the importance of safe spaces for menstrual health, breaking the poverty cycle, and addressing related stigmas.
Breaking the Silence: Menstrual hygiene has long been surrounded by silence and stigma, hindering open conversations about a natural and essential aspect of a woman's life. The workshop organized by Usanii Village Africa aimed to break this silence, encouraging young girls and boys to deliberate on the need for safe spaces in schools and communities. By doing so, the organization hopes to contribute to making menstrual health a normal and accepted part of life by the year 2030.
Engaging Students and Teachers: The event successfully brought together 45 students and 7 teachers from diverse backgrounds, fostering an inclusive dialogue on menstrual hygiene. The students, both girls and boys, actively participated in discussions about the challenges they face regarding menstrual health and how these challenges can be effectively addressed. The teachers, serving as mentors, shared their perspectives and experiences, creating a supportive environment for the students to express themselves freely.
Addressing the Need for Safe Spaces: One of the key takeaways from the workshop was the unanimous agreement on the need for safe spaces in schools and communities. Participants recognized that safe spaces are crucial for addressing the physical, emotional, and educational aspects of menstrual health. By creating an environment where girls feel comfortable discussing their needs, challenges, and experiences, the workshop aimed to contribute to dismantling the barriers that often surround menstruation.
Breaking the Poverty Cycle: Usanii Village Africa understands that menstrual hygiene is closely linked to broader issues, including poverty. Lack of access to menstrual products and proper sanitation facilities can lead to girls missing school, perpetuating a cycle of poverty. The workshop emphasized the importance of providing adequate resources to ensure that girls can manage their menstrual hygiene effectively, thereby promoting their continued education and breaking the poverty cycle.
Community-Wide Impact: Beyond the workshop participants, Usanii Village Africa is committed to extending the impact of its menstrual hygiene initiatives to the wider community. By engaging students and teachers, the organization hopes to create a ripple effect that will spread awareness and understanding about menstrual health. By breaking the silence and challenging stigmas, Usanii Village Africa aims to make menstruation a normal fact of life not only in schools but throughout communities.
Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations by Usanii Village Africa held at Munkunyu Secondary School were a significant step towards normalizing discussions around menstrual health. The interactive workshop successfully engaged students and teachers in conversations that addressed the need for safe spaces, breaking the poverty cycle, and combating stigma. By empowering the youth to speak openly about menstruation, Usanii Village Africa is contributing to a future where menstrual hygiene is embraced as a normal and essential aspect of life by 2030.