A group calling itself Network for Young Women Empowerment NYWE, a voluntary non-governmental organization with support from Plan International Ghana has donated two sanitary pads each to one hundred and 50 young girls in three communities in the Wa Municipality in its quest to save the dignity of teenage girls through donation and sensitization on the use of sanitary pads during their menstruation.
The donation by the network under its project dubbed “Gift the girl child a pad, save her dignity” will see the group reaching out to young girls in the Upper West region in separate phases.
Speaking to the Media at separate donations in Kumbiehi, Jonga and Chansa communities in the Wa Municipality, the Chairperson for Network for Young Women Empowerment Ida Nakaar indicated that the group has gifted and sensitized five hundred young girls in thirteen communities worth thirty-eight thousand, 200 Ghana Cedis under the project.
Madam Ida said the initiative by the network with funding from Plan International and individuals is to donate, educate and sensitize young girls and women on how to strive and be bold to take up leadership roles in various spheres of society.
The District Development Coordinator of Upper West Programme Unit with Plan International Ghana Kamaldeen Iddrisu noted that the organization focus and interventions are geared towards young girls and women.
Mr Iddrisu said reports from Ghana Health Service indicates that stakeholders attention have been geared towards the fight against the global pandemic of covid-19.
This he said have prompted the network and Plan International Ghana as development partners with their focus being girls to educate young girls on menstrual cycle, teenage pregnancy and other sexual and gender based violence which is on the ascendency.
He expressed worry on the increasing numbers of teenage pregnancy in the region and urged parents and guardians to be responsible for the upbringing of their children especially girls.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to Progress News thanked the network and Plan International Ghana for the sensitization and education as well as the support given them by providing two sanitary pads each and an amount of money.
The beneficiaries indicated that they have gained knowledge on menstrual cycle and the appropriate products that will use to keep them healthier when menstruating or ovulating and urged other NGOs to assist the rural women and young girls to help nurture their potentials.