Pro­tec­tion of girls, a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity — Min­is­ter

Rise up and be­come the per­son you were de­signed to be – Di­eter F. Ucht­dorf

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Ba­mas Vic­to­ria

@Ba­masVic­to­ria The Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs, Aisha Al­has­san has said the pro­tec­tion of girls is a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity for adults.

Aisha spoke when the AIDS Health­care Foun­da­tion (AHF) handed over 330,000 packs of san­i­tary pads as do­na­tion to mark the 2017 in­ter­na­tional day for girls in Abuja.

Rep­re­sented by an aide, Fawekun Oyeniyi, the min­is­ter said, “It is a must for ev­ery girl-child to know what to do dur­ing their men­strual pe­riod be­cause it can af­fect the fu­ture of our chil­dren, it can lead to in­fer­til­ity.”

She ad­vised the chil­dren to shun vi­o­lence while urg­ing them to re­port all cases of ha­rass­ment, abuse to peo­ple of author­ity around them.

AHF’s Ad­vo­cacy and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Steve Aborisade said the day is cel­e­brated be­cause of the dis­pro­por­tion­ate im­pact on the young girls.

“AHF Pres­i­dent, Michael We­in­stein re­al­izes that one of the big chal­lenges for young girls glob­ally is that they lack ac­cess to san­i­tary pads and he de­cided that they must give out one mil­lion san­i­tary pad to three African coun­tries Nige­ria, Zam­bia and Uganda with Nige­ria get­ting 330,000 pack,” he said.

Aborisade said he hopes this would make the govern­ment look in­ward to en­sure that pro­vid­ing san­i­tary pads for school girls is a pri­or­ity.

One of the young girls at the event, Peace Ya­haya, a fresh sec­ondary school leaver urges gov­ern­ments to make pads free or sub­si­dized for school girls be­cause they are not af­ford­able.

She noted that girls of­ten re­sort to al­ter­na­tives like cloths, cot­ton wool, tis­sue pa­per that could be harm­ful to them.

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