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Radio Program Empowers Girls through Menstrual Health Education

(June 19, 2024) A movement is underway in Nkhotakota, Malawi to address the often-overlooked issue of menstrual health and hygiene. Inspired by a series of radio programs on Nkhotakota Radio, the Mtandila Mother Support group has taken action to ensure that no girl in their local school misses out on her education due to a lack of access to sanitary pads.

After listening to the informative radio series on menstruation topics, the mothers group recognized the urgency of the situation. Salome Mhone, a member of the support group, spearheaded a small research project that revealed a startling reality: 47 girls at the local school were in dire need of sanitary pads because their families could not afford them.

Determined to address this issue head-on, the mothers approached ward councilor Chawanangwa Harawa, who agreed to provide sanitary pads for 30 girls from May to July. However, the group's efforts didn't stop there. Recognizing the need for a sustainable solution, they have taken a proactive step by organizing workshops to teach all girls at Mtandila Primary School how to make reusable sanitary pads.

Menstrual health and hygiene are often shrouded in stigma and taboo, leading to a lack of awareness and access to essential resources. By openly discussing these topics and taking practical steps to address the needs of girls in their community, the Mtandila Mother Support group is breaking down barriers and empowering young women to embrace their bodies and pursue their education without fear or shame.

The actions by the Mtandila Mother Support group is setting an example for communities across the region. Their actions serve as a powerful reminder that when women come together, they can create lasting change and ensure that no girl is left behind.

As the workshops on reusable pad-making commence this month, the mothers group is paving the way for a future where menstrual health is no longer a barrier to education and empowerment.


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