WEEKENDERS Magazine Partners SWS, CECEF & PAD UP Africa TO Hold The SOFT Project

WEEKENDERS Magazine Partners SWS, CECEF & PAD UP Africa TO Hold The SOFT Project

By Sharon Akuboh, Abuja.

 

WEEKENDERS Magazine Partners SWS, CECEF & PAD UP Africa TO Hold The SOFT Project
    Amb. Joy Idam (Second from Left)

    As part of Activities to celebrate Nigerian Children with a focus on the Girl Child, to mark the 2022 Children’s Day; Weekenders magazine in Collaboration with Standup for Women Society, SWS FCT Chapter, Pad Up Africa, and Child Education & Crime Eradication Foundation has held a one-day Sensitization program on the proper use of Sanitary Pads in Abuja. Powered by the Office of the Chief of the Defense Staff Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    Speaking at the event, the Executive Director of Weekenders Magazine; Princess Joy Idam, who is also the Secretary SWS FCT, and Human Resources & Media National Director CECEF, said we decided to sensitize the Girls on the Proper Use of the Sanitary Pads as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility and also gave out over 500 Pads and writing materials to 350 children who took part.

    The project with the theme: Securing Our Future Today, SOFT Project is aimed at ensuring that no fewer than 5million girls get the Sanitary Pads for free from the group. We would continue to gather Pads and give them out to girls in schools in different communities in the FCT.

    We, therefore, call on the government, to ensure that girls are given sanitary Pads in schools for free. It should be a policy that must be followed as one pack of Pad would not be enough for the girls if proper pad use of 4-5 a day is to be followed Ms. Idam declared.

    Explaining that while some girls’ flow is low others dot and some have a heavy flow and so we request that if we are to secure the future of the Girl Child, then government must step in and make available sanitary pads in schools for the girls to use. Arguing that if men who can afford condoms get it free then girls should get Pads free at school.

    WEEKENDERS Magazine Partners SWS, CECEF & PAD UP Africa TO Hold The SOFT Project
      A section of beneficiaries

      In his goodwill message, Lemmy Ughegbe the Executive Director of Make A Difference Initiative, added his voice to the call for gender balance in policies such as this explaining that even when the government shares condoms women are excluded. He demanded an inclusion policy that would ensure the distribution of free Pads to Schools for the Girl Child. He commended the group for such an initiative and got the children to dance to Whitney Houston’s song “Love is the greatest”.

      Earlier Princess Idam had explained that the cost of Pads is why some girls resorted to using old wrappers, towels, and tissue paper which is a no-no and all manners of stuff that if continuously exposed to can damage their reproductive system. And in the future, they may not give birth.

      Liberator Tina Ihejietoh, the Welfare Officer of SWS FCT who represented the Chairperson, Haj Fatima Ibrahim-Iyal, thanked Weekenders Magazine for the continuous support and collaboration with SWS and prayed for this partnership to last for SWS to achieve her areas of core mandate. She commended the various schools who responded to the program and hoped that next year would be bigger and better.

      The Secretary NUJ Abuja Council, Comrade Ochiaka Ugwu, appreciated Ms. Idam for the Initiative and prayed the exercise would continue monthly. He also commended the Schools that participated in the program and assured us that we would continue to partner with your schools to put a smile on the faces of girls and also get those in authority to do the needful through advocacy.

      Weekenders Magazine calls on friends, manufacturers of Pads, government, elected officials, and Captains of industries to partner with the coalition to ensure more girls and schools get the Sanitary Pads.

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