Former MUSIGA president and a renowned gospel musician, Diana Hopeson ( Akiwumi ) has admonished young girls to try take their bath at least two times daily during their menstrual cycle.
She joined over 400 both young girls and boys at the Ashiaman Senior High School to mark this years World Menstrual Hygiene Day Commemoration.
She stressed on the need for a complete healthier menstrual management by these teenage girls bearing in mind that bathing their body is an essential part of menstrual hygiene.
A collaborative effort from the Bonabear Foundation Ghana under the auspices of the Special Monitoring Missions of the International Human Rights Commission Ghana in partnership with the SHEP Department of the Ashaiman Municipal Education Directorate of the Ghana Education Service and WO YE BRA Schools Project this year engaged the Pupils of the AshaiSec to mark the all important date on the UN calendar.
Mrs Hopeson on the theme of this years commemoration dubbed “ Making Menstruation a normal Fact of Life by 2030” also explained on the main need for every girl to know that “Menstruation leads to Procreation” therefore every growing girl must not be ashamed of her Menstruation and that it’s a normal thing.
She lamented on how she felt during her “Menarche” at age 12 and the funny experiences she went through that time.
Mrs Hopeson has been the project Ambassador two years running to the MENSTRUATE 2 PROCREATE initiative with a few of her friends mobilizing support for the project.
The Founder and the Project Lead of the Bonabear Foundation Ghana, Amb Dr Bernard Kofi Bonarparte in his speech added his voice to the call to totally scrap off all Taxes on Sanitary Materials and pleaded with the Government to consider implementing policies to make Sanitary materials in the Schools more accessible and free mostly in deprived communities a cross the country.
He reiterated that, it is about time menstruation is considered as a Human Rights issue and as such the need to put in measures to ensure every girl is not denied of this Right.
He stressed the need to easy access to water in the various Schools is also a contributing factor for ensuring a clean, safe and healthier society.
The Ambassador who doubles as the Commissioner for the Special Monitoring Missions of IHRC Ghana also called on various corporate bodies to partner organizations and civil societies that have embarked on this journey to ensure that Ghana does not fail to achieve the agenda 2030 of the UNSDG.
All participants received free Disposable and Reusable Pads and were trained on the management of those with live demonstration from the male students of the School by the help of the School Nurse and the Lead Facilitator for the WO YE BRA SCHOOL Project-Ms Jennifer Moffat as The head Mistress of the School Madam Jemimah Quarshie and her staff received the team warmly.
Story by: Amb Dr Bernard Kofi Bonarparte