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NCPWD Marks International Menstrual Hygiene Day with Girls with Disabilities in FCT

by Sejoro Ekundayo

The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) has deemed it necessary to mark the International Menstrual Hygiene Day by reaching out to girls with disabilities in educational institutions such as Junior Secondary School Kuje and School for the Blind Jabi, Abuja. The target population is deaf female students at these institutions.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Saleh Farouq Gagarawa, Head of New Media of the commission on Saturday.

Speaking at the event, Mary Amana, the Desk Officer for Women and Girls with Disabilities, said “menstrual hygiene is an issue for many young women and girls with disabilities.

She stated that it is very difficult to maintain menstrual hygiene, coupled with barriers such as lack of access to clean water, lack of menstrual hygiene education, lack of support from family members and community, including negative mindset facing this target community.

Gagarawa said “The occasion is an opportunity to call on stakeholders to prioritize disability special needs, particularly in ensuring that women and girls with disabilities access clean water for good personal menstrual hygiene, especially for those in the rural communities. There should be inclusive menstrual hygiene education for girls with disabilities considering the different disability types.

“The NCPWD has taken a step in the right direction by prioritizing the special needs of women and girls with disabilities, especially when it comes to menstrual hygiene. This event is an opportunity to raise awareness and promote inclusive education.”

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