Malawi Girl Guide Association (Magga) has said myths surrounding menstruation should not discourage girls from pursuing their dreams.
Speaking during the commemoration of World Menstrual Day in Dedza on Sunday, Magga national coordinator Mphatso Baluwa Jimu said girls should know that menstruation is no longer a hindrance to their education.
“This is not a time to hide or to be ashamed of our menstruation period because this is how God created us, but we have to be aware of the cycle so that we take care of ourselves,” said Jimu during the event which was commemorated under the theme: Yes! Girls Can Be Proud of Their Menstruation.
She said Magga plans to roll out sensitisation campaigns in schools that will teach girls about menstruation process.
Faith Mayina, a Kenyan who was one of the guests at the commemoration, said girls are forced to drop out of school and venture into early marriages because of menstruation myths.
“Many girls have no access to sanitary materials due to poverty. Moreover, some myths do not allow girls to interact with others because it is regarded as a taboo,” said Mayina.
Maureen Kadango from Green Light Secondary School commended Magga for introducing menstruation cups, which she said will help minimise the cost of buying pads. n