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Period Poverty Outreach 

Women Impacting Nigeria carried out a End Period Poverty outreach on 26th May, 2022 at Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The project ‘Pad a girl’ is an initiative of the NYSC-SDGS Lagos, a special Community Development Service group under the umbrella of NYSC Lagos and was sponsored by Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN).

Period Poverty is a situation which describes lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand-washing facilities, and, or waste management. 

While women and girls all over the world are affected by this issue, in Nigeria, 25 percent of women and girls experience period poverty first hand.

To mitigate this, WIN collaborated with NYSC-SDGS Lagos to reach secondary school girls within the age range of 10-18 years.

The beneficiaries of this initiative were female secondary school students of Tai Solarin Memorial School, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Festac Lagos.

A total number of 52 girls were provided with 2 reusable cloth pads each and confidence kits.

They were also trained through seasoned resource persons on how to make these cloth pads and maintain them. All the beneficiaries of the outreach were teenagers who had begun Menstruation.

The girls were also residents of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The ‘Pad a girl’ program was a huge success in that it provided school girls who lack the resources to get disposable pads with ‘Confidence Kits’, which is a cost effective, healthier and environmentally friendly alternative. 

Quite a number of the girls testified that the sensitization session of the program was enlightening, and they were thrilled that an organization like WIN is concerned about their menstrual health.

Aside from the provision of ‘Confidence Kits’, the program also saw a huge boost in the self esteem of the beneficiaries. They were able to freely discuss and ask questions about Menstruation, a topic which before time had only been discussed in whispers and hushed tones.

WIN aims to continue to sensitize more women and girls in Nigeria about their menstrual health, and welcomes both partnership and sponsorship opportunities from other like-minded individuals and organizations.

At WIN, we believe that no girl child should miss school classes as a result of Period Poverty. We also believe that the use of hygienic period resources is central to the overall health of the country’s female populace.

This initiative thereby contributes to the achievement of SDG 3 goal of ‘Good Health and Welll Being’ and also works to keep girls in school in order to reduce the existing gender gap in education.