In order to commemorate World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021, RuWCED team met with more than 360 girls and boys to create awareness vis-à-vis the challenges and hardship girls and women face during menstruation on May 28, 2021, in Bamenda.
The adolescents were taught on puberty, pubertal changes in males and females and menstrual hygiene management. Both boys and girls demonstrated how to put on a pad. They later appreciated the lessons as their doubts and thoughts were handled.
At the end of the session, each girl received a sanitary pad from RuWCED. Prizes were also awarded to some boys who participated well during the lessons. The boys promised to be supportive and not stigmatize their peers because of menstruation.
RuWCED-Cameroon also commemorated this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day in Ndop on May 28, with over 100 girls, boys and women. The team talked about menstrual hygiene management (MHM). They discussed why women menstruate and on different types sanitary pads used for MHM. Participants were encouraged to invest on their menstrual hygiene and feel comfortable talking about menstruation especially to take steps in challenging the stigma women receive during menstruation.
Participants were made to understand that menstruation is a natural biological process and no one should be stigmatised for menstruating. All girls/women have the right to feel comfortable and free of stigma while on their periods. At the end of the session, pads and face masks were shared to participants by RuWCED team.