The Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF) recently collaborated with the Alimosho local government and other stakeholders to provide sanitary pads for over 500 beneficiaries including students, schools’ sick-bays, selected public secondary schools and out-of-school girls in Lagos State.
This was done with the support of the World Bank Group Staff Community Connection Project.
This event was part of the efforts to address period poverty among vulnerable girls, implement the Girls Leadership Series programme and domesticate the priority theme of the 65th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW65) in Nigeria.
The project is an opportunity to educate girls on the hygiene associated with the use and disposal of sanitary pads.
The intent of the project is to help girls overcome the violence associated with bullying during menstruation by using tips on how to develop self-esteem.
Overall, it is expected that the programme, while contributing to the achievements of SDGs 3 and 5, will help girls address stereotypes, confront gender discrimination, learn confidently and exercise leadership within the space offered by the school governance system.