Uganda Red Cross Society in partnership with Dfcu Bank and the Ministry of Education and Sports yesterday launched an initiative dubbed ‘Keep a Girl in school’ aimed at improving menstrual health for school going girls.
The Initiative is being run under the theme “Empowered Girls, Empowered Mothers, Empowered Communities.”
The State Minister for Primary Education Rosemary Seninde said at the launch that the Ministry is always eager to welcome such initiates, and promised support.
“We have implemented a number of interventions aimed at improving menstrual health management among adolescent girls like training them and their teachers on menstrual health management and making re-useable sanitary towels using local materials” she said.
While unveiling the campaign at Mackay Memorial College in Nateete, Seninde added that menstruation affects girls in their engagements in a number of activities and may significantly impact on their education if not well managed.
In 2012 a study by International Water and Sanitation Council estimated that one in ten girls who experience menstruation in Uganda skips school four to five days a month or completely drops out of school.
Carolyn Andama the dfcu Bank’s Public Sector (Corporate) representative said that this campaign will enable thousands of school going girls gain access to knowledge and support in ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’.
“The ‘Keeping a girl in school’ campaign is about supporting girls not only manage menstrual hygiene but also deal with self-awareness and confidence. Today’s young girls will grow up to become tomorrow’s women entrepreneurs so it is imperative that we come together to collectively give them a chance to stay in school and live up to their full potential” she said.
She further reaffirmed dfcu Bank’s commitment to the upliftment of the community in which it operates in and its brand promise of ‘Making more possible’ for school going girls who miss 12 days of school each term because they cannot afford sanitary materials.
“In addition to our corporate contribution towards this initiative our employees are very receptive of this initiative and each of them will be supporting one girl with UGX 50,000 to keep her in school for at least two years. With a workforce of over 1000 we anticipate that a significant number of girls will benefit from our support” Andama revealed.
She concluded that looking at Uganda in the next 20 years, all women and girls will be economically empowered and with that, women can make decisions for themselves and their children to make life better for the future generations.