By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Thursday, May 28, 2020.
A not-for-profit Organisation in Cameroon is celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day by offering sanitary pads to young girls in Buea, the capital city of Cameroon’s South West Region, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Mary Jane Chin Yaya, the Founder of Grace Chin Foundation named after her deceased mother, Grace Chin, said menstruation isn’t a taboo, and that the myths of being shy about it should be curbed from communities.
“Happy Menstrual hygiene day to every girl/woman. Menstruation is the joy of being able to know you are of that age to becoming a woman and a mother. It is not a taboo…,” said Chin Yaya.
The organization has been able to donate sanitary pads to over 1000 girls of school-going age through its campaign dubbed; “1 GIRL, 1 PAD.”
Chin Yaya believes young girls of school-going age in crisis-hit areas deserve to pad themselves. “They deserve to study in comfort, even while in isolation, they need their Menstrual kits,” she said.
It is important to remember to keep clean always, be confident, and discuss Menstrual complications, Chin Yaya furthered in a statement early Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Buea as she distributed sanitary pads to some young girls.
She also advocates for parents to discuss Menstruation with their adolescent girls, educate them on the importance of knowing their Menstrual Cycles, and on how to keep clean during the period of their flow. “Put their safety first,” adds the statement.
Chin Yaya told National Telegraph she’s honored to continue her mother’s good works after she died on May 4, 2017, in the Shisong Cardiac Hospital in Kumbo in Cameroon’s North West Region.
Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual awareness day on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. It was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide.