Through the month of June, we're celebrating what we call "Menstrual Health Awareness Month" to highlight some of the myths and misconceptions about menstruation. In addition to this, we've also been working toward a Menstrual Health Day at J.S.S. Durumi in Abuja. In advance of the event, which will be held this Wednesday (20th June), we surveyed 100 junior secondary school girls to gauge their perceptions and practices when it comes to menstrual hygiene. What we found was encouraging but showed that there is still room for improvement. For instance, while 78 percent of the girls said they have access to sanitary pads, 38 percent are ashamed of menstruating.
Based on our findings, we will facilitate a lecture series curated to the girls' needs and distribute 400 menstrual hygiene kits containing sanitary pads, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and soap. We're well on our way to reaching our target but still need donations that would go toward purchasing items for the kits, which would help the girls of J.S.S. Durumi for the next three months. Take a look at some of the findings of our survey below and visit this page to contribute and join the movement to reduce the number of girls at risk of missing school because of their periods.