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Girl-Child day: Women Affairs Ministry distributes Sanitary Pads in FCT

Distribution of sanitary pads to girls in Mabushi community, FCT

As part of events to mark the International Day of the Girl-Child, the Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with the National Center for Women Development has distributed Sanitary pads, Diapers and other hygiene materials to Girls and Women at Mabushi Village in the FCT.

Distributing the items, Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen urged parents especially mothers to send their girl child to school to become builders of society.

She said the sanitary kit was to aid the girl child to constantly attend school programmes and activities regardless of her menstrual circle.

“we are advocating against early marriage, we are saying no child molestation, we are appealing to our men and parents to respect the dignity of the Girl-Child and to protect the girl child to be in school, retained until completion ” she said.

The Director General of the National Center for Women Development, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta explained that statistics showed that girls in the rural areas were the most affected by the challenges facing the development of the Girl-Child.

“The Girls in the rural areas need to be touched, they are the ones that really deserve to be encouraged to enroll in school, they need to be developed, their rights have to be protected and in this kind of community, there is the prevalence of Gender Based violence, Rape is common here, abuses of all sort is common here” Dame Pauline Tallen explained.

One of the beneficiaries appreciated the gestures and expressed her motivation to maintain hygiene and her educational pursuit.

The event which was attended by some members of the House of Representatives and women organizations featured the distribution of 10 thousand sanitary pad and 5 thousand diapers donated by Proctor and Gamble.

Azizatu Sani

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