Afrika Youth Movement has embarked on menstrual hygiene awareness campaign in Mzuzu to end stigma and misconceptions on menstruation.
Speaking on Wednesday during a meeting with adolescent girls and women in Mzuzu, the organisation’s power team member Joseph Sakala said many people are not aware that periods are normal biological processes. He said they conduct the campaign to reduce the stigma.
“So, we want people to respect girls so that they continue with their education,” he said.
Sakala also said they taught women and girls how to make reusable sanitary pads.
“We want them to share the skills with others to promote hygiene health,” he said.
Afrika Youth Movement Malawi Hub leader Innocent Kanyenda said they want to reduce stigma and bullying in schools and encourage boys to support girls to develop their own menstrual hygiene practices.
“Sexual and reproductive health rights campaigns are becoming increasingly urgent to address escalating problems of stigmatisation among girls which leads to school dropouts,” he said.
One of the participants, Magret Chiumia of Area 1B Mother group commended the interaction.