The Centre for Gender and Advocacy, CEGENDA, office of Takoradi Technology University in collaboration with the University Health Centre as part of its activities marking this year’s International Day of the Girl Child has sensitized and distributed over 450 sanitary pads to female students in selected Basic Schools in the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipality of the Western Region.
In-line with the theme for the celebration, “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being.”, several speakers emphasized the place of girls in Leadership and Innovation, Unlocking the Potentials and Rights of the girl child, opportunities to Break the Cycle of Poverty, access to Education, Healthcare, Legal Protection, Economic Empowerment, Health, and general Well-being of the girl-child.
Speaking at the sensitization event, the Director of CEGENDA, Prof. Abigail Padi, said they chose to distribute sanitary pads because it guarantees a healthy and dignified uninterrupted education for girls.
“Menstrual hygiene is a critical aspect of a girl’s health. When girls have access to sanitary pads, they are better equipped to manage their menstrual cycles, reducing the risk of infections and related health issues. Lack of access to menstrual hygiene products often leads to absenteeism from school, therefore by providing sanitary pads, we are ensuring that our girls can attend school regularly, reducing the gender gap in education. Every girl deserves to have her dignity respected. Access to sanitary pads is a fundamental step towards preserving the dignity of our girls. “, she noted.
Prof. Abigail Padi further called for all to see the International Day for the Girl-Child as a rallying call for all to support female empowerment.
“Let us also remember that this day is not just about one organization or one donation; it is about a collective effort to champion the rights, well-being, and leadership of our girls. We invite others to join us in this mission, to contribute in any way they can, whether through donations, mentorship, or policy advocacy. Let us renew our commitment to invest in girls’ rights. Let us continue to support and uplift our girls, ensuring they have the resources and opportunities they need to become leaders and make a positive impact in our world. “, she added.