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    Wednesday, 3 June 2020

    Group Launches TamPAD To Promote Menstrual Hygiene

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    AS the world commemorates World Menstrual Hygiene Day on June 4, 2020, TAMISWARD, an NGO based in Abuja has launched a project called TamPAD. In a press statement, TAMISWARD Executive Director and Co-Founder, Engr. Lynda Bitrus stated that TamPAD is a programme to “Pad A Girl” aimed at promoting menstrual hygiene standards across Nigeria and teaching the next generation of women about periods and how to manage them hygienically and safely. TamPAD would ensure that girls and women do not feel limited by their periods.




    Engr. Bitrus decried the stigma and social and cultural restrictions still associated with menstruation and menstrual practices in Nigeria. In the statement, she noted that “not a few women and girls are prevented from living normal lives because of menstrual practices. In many parts of Nigeria, especially in rural communities, girls are unaware of menstruation or not adequately prepared.  They feel embarrassed or ashamed when on their periods.” 

    She also lamented the special challenges posed by COVID-19 and gender-based violence in the management of menstruation.




    TAMISWARD is also organising a zoom meeting of stakeholders to further deliberate on how to help woman and girls have better menstrual hygiene practices.


    Zoom link: Click HERE
    Date : 4th June 2020
    Time: 11:00 am (West African Time)


    Below is the Official Press Release by TAMSIWARD:


    Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020: It is Time for Action with TAMISWARD Pad A Girl Programme (TamPAD). 

    Abuja, Nigeria (June 3, 2020). Menstruation or Period is a normal and occurring natural phenomenon in every girl and woman, and the WHO estimates that about 300 million women and girls the world over have their period every single day. Approximately, one in seven women you speak to at any given time is menstruating. However, there is still stigma and unnecessary social, cultural and religious restrictions attached to menstruation and menstrual practices in Nigeria. Not a few women and girls are prevented from living normal lives because of menstrual practices. In many parts of the Nigeria, especially in rural communities, girls are unaware of menstruation or not adequately prepared.  They feel embarrassed or ashamed when on their periods. 

    COVID-19 has brought its own special challenges with increases in menstrual hygiene products, limited access to sexual and reproductive health care further worsened by restricted movements and curfew and increase in transportation costs. Increase in gender based violence (GBV) has also been reported at this period. 

    To help ameliorate these challenges, Tamansuwa Initiative for Sanitation, Water, and Rural Development (TAMISWARD), a Nigerian NGO that educates women and girls especially in poor communities about menstruation and menstrual hygiene, as well as promotes WASH facilities in schools and communities, has launched the TAMISWARD Pad A Girl Programme (TamPAD) project aimed at promoting menstrual hygiene standards across Nigeria and teaching the next generation of women about periods and how to manage them hygienically and safely. TamPAD would ensure that girls and women do not feel limited by their periods.

    The benefits of the TamPAD project are remarkable in helping women and girls attain their highest potentials. It is instructive to note that poor menstrual hygiene management can lead to reduced school attendance, increased rates of infections and diseases and lower self-esteem. 

    Also, to commemorate World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 (June 4), TAMISWARD is organising a live zoom panel discussion on the topic, “The Impact of Covid-19 on the Menstrual Hygiene of Girls and Women in Africa”. Discussants are from across all walks of life, within and outside Nigeria. They include Dr. Aluko Olufemi (Nigeria), Nnenna Igwegbe (Nigeria), Lynda Bitrus (Nigeria), Andrew Williams Junior (USA) and Wafa May, a Sudanese American.



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