Government issues S3 million sanitary towels to school girls

The government on Tuesday distributed sanitary towels worth Sh.13 million to 104,439 school girls in Makueni County.

The Senior Assistant Director of Gender Affairs (SADGA), Irungu Kioi said the initiative will ensure that girls especially those from poor backgrounds do not miss school during their menses.

Irungu said the project which is being piloted in Kitui and Makueni will eventually be rolled out across all the 47 counties.

Each girl will receive four packets for a period of six months.

Speaking during the launch of the project at Unoa grounds, the SADGA said the project targets girls in both public primary and secondary schools and special institutions.

Under the project, girls from class six to seven in primary schools and those in secondary schools and other special learning institutions will receive constant supply of sanitary towels to avoid absenteeism in schools,” he added.

The County Director of Education (CDE), Jane Njogu speaking at the launch lauded the project and called on relevant stakeholders to support the initiative to ensure quality education for girls.

Ms. Njogu noted that menstruation should not obstruct girls from accessing education.

The sanitary towels will ensure access, retention and completion of education by girls despite their social status, she added.

The CDE also called for breaking the silence on menstruation to get rid of social taboos and myths that put girls and women under emotional stress during their periods.

Menstruation is normal and healthy and it should not be a source of shame to any woman, said Ms. Njogu.

During the launch 444, 868 sanitary towels were distributed to 937 primary schools and 385 secondary schools.

Source: Kenya News Agency