Town has a day for girls

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

Bridgetown has taken a step to help the fu­ture of girls across the globe through a new event for the town called the Days for Girls In­ter­na­tional.

The event was first cre­ated by the United Na­tions in 2008 and has been held ev­ery year, but this is the first time Bridgetown has taken part.

The event brings aware­ness to an im­por­tant is­sued faced by girls and women around the world, the lack of avail­able men­strual care.

This year is the 10th an­niver­sary of the event and to cel­e­brate it will run for a to­tal of 28 days around the world, with Bridgetown’s event set to be held on Oc­to­ber 11.

The aim with such a long event is to reach 100,000 women in 24 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, and Bridgetown will aim to play a part in the out­reach.

Days for Girls Bridgetown Chap­ter co-leader Brooke Mur­phy said the day would help ad­dress im­por­tant global is­sues women face.

“The day aims to high­light and ad­dress the needs and chal­lenges girls face, while pro­mot­ing girls' em­pow­er­ment and the ful­fil­ment of their hu­man rights,” she said.

“We will in­form as many peo­ple as we can about our Days for Girls mis­sion, creat­ing a world with dig­nity, health, and op­por­tu­nity for all.”

Ms Mur­phy said do­na­tions of face clothes, un­der­wear and other es­sen­tial hy­giene items are wanted on the day to go into a Days for Girls Kit.

Each kit is de­signed to in­clude ev­ery­thing a girl would need to man­age their pe­riod for three years.

Stu­dents from Bridgetown’s pri­mary and high school will also take part in the event which will be held at Bridgetown Com­mu­nity and Fam­ily Cen­tre from 12.30pm to 3pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact 9761 2139 or email bridgetownwa@daysfor­girls.org.

Days for Girls Bridgetown Chap­ter co-leader Brooke Mur­phy at Lakarama Pri­mary School in Pa­pua New Guinea.

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