Fanthonio Foundation, a not-for-profit organization has donated about 4,000 packs of sanitary pads to female students from deprived homes across the country over the past one year.
The campaign which is dubbed, One Friend One Box (#1Friend1Box) is an initiative which seeks to curb absenteeism among young girls during menstruation by providing them with a year-long sanitary product. The campaign which was started on July 20, 2018 has donated about 4,000 packs of sanitary pads to hundreds of girls in three regions of Ghana.
The last donation exercise was held at the Adidome Senior High School (ADISEC) in the Central Tongu District on July 20, 2019 to mark the Foundation’s one-year anniversary. A total of 100 girls received a minimum of 12 sanitary packs each during the exercise. As part of the event, students were also taken through practical sessions on menstrual hygiene.
Ms Mercy Simpson, Team Lead of the Foundation admonished students present during the exercise to take their hygiene seriously at all times, particularly during menstruation. She further urged the girls to properly dispose used sanitary pads while urging the male students of ADISEC to desist from mocking girls who soil themselves during menstruation.
For her part, the Founder of Fanthonio Foundation, Ms Felicia Anthonio indicated that access to sanitary products is a basic right and must therefore be taken seriously by stakeholders particularly, the government of Ghana. She further urged the government of Ghana to scrap the 20% tax imposed on sanitary pads and ensure free supply of these products to all students across the country:
“it is unacceptable for any girl to be forced to stay out of school during menstruation because she cannot afford to buy sanitary pads. The government of Ghana has a responsibility to ensure that school girls have access to free sanitary products during menstruation. The government must also adopt concrete measures towards scrapping the 20 % tax imposed on sanitary products.”
The next donation exercise will be held in the Eastern region of Ghana. Details will be out soon.
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