Kindness Unhindered, a not-for-profit organization that supports projects which contributes to the growth and development of young people across Africa recently organized and hosted an event at Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba with Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative on the 23rd of February, 2021. The event focused on educating female students in the school about menstrual hygiene, menstrual health, self-esteem and the misconceptions of period.
In attendance at the event were female students of the school, Founder of Kindness Unhindered, Dr Ralu Onubogu, Actress & member of Board of Trustees for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, Founder of WildFlower PR & Company and Chairman of Board for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Oma Areh, amongst others.
Dr Ralu Onubogu, Founder of Kindness Unhindered expressed her excitement to be part of the momentous event stating;
I am happy to be part of this life-changing project that aims to eliminate period poverty and promote menstrual hygiene, self-esteem, amongst others. As an organization that focuses on supporting sustainable projects and organizations like the Girls With Period Initiative, this event is one of the many ways we hope to reach and impact people across Africa for a better tomorrow.
Speaking at the event, Actress and member of Board of Trustees for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Mercy Johnson-Okojie shared her view on period stigmatization and also demystified the myths and misconceptions of period.
Period is nothing to be ashamed about and it’s very important for boys to be included in period conversations to know more about this natural phenomenon. As women, we need to understand that we should never be ashamed of the things that make us a woman. That is why this event is important to show every girl child out there that period is nothing to be ashamed about and they are no longer in this journey alone. We are here with them.
At the event, students and guests were educated about menstrual hygiene, self-esteem and the misconceptions of period. A Q and A session was also conducted and the Founder of WildFlower PR & Company and Chairman of Board for Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative, Oma Areh enlightened the students on their questions ranging from menstrual hygiene, period misconceptions, self-esteem, amongst others. She also encouraged them to be confident about their period and practice proper menstrual care.
We need to be hygienic during our periods and practice proper menstrual care. We also need to be confident and comfortable about our period. Period is normal and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Every woman and girl deserves a healthy and hygienic period. Through this event and many others, we plan to reach and impact more girls and women across Africa.
Patricia Vin-Okopi, Founder and Project Manager of Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative expressed her delight for the successful event and the impact it made to eliminating period poverty stating;
This event means a lot to me and I’m really thankful for the support from Kindness Unhindered. We need to let girls and women know that they are no longer alone in their period journey. We will continue to provide menstrual sanitary kits to women and girls across Africa and educate them on menstrual hygiene, self-esteem as well as fight for free access to sanitary pads across Africa.
In concluding the event, menstrual sanitary kits were distributed to students and guests to promote menstrual hygiene and health. Covid-19 safety protocols were also observed during the event.
ABOUT KINDNESS UNHINDERED
Kindness Unhindered, a non-profit organization supports positive and life-changing projects that contributes to the growth and development of Africans. It focuses on bringing change to the lives of young Africans through quality empowerment and support. The organization partnered with Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative to promote menstrual hygiene, self-esteem and also eradicate period poverty. For more details, contact at +2348116009977
ABOUT GIRLS WITH PERIOD (GWP) INITIATIVE Girls With Period (GWP) Initiative aims to completely eradicate period poverty across Africa by providing and distributing menstrual sanitary kits to women and girls as well as educate them on menstrual hygiene, self-esteem, amongst others. It has been able to impact over 10, 000 women and girls across Africa since its establishment. To support the Girls with Period (GWP) Initiative, contact at +2347065694161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.