The Ghana Education Service (GES) and the National Technical Committee on Menstrual Hygiene have called for the provision of equitable toilet facilities in public places.
They also call for access to menstrual hygiene products by reducing or removing taxes on them and the production of bio-degradable sanitary pads.
These were contained in a press statement to celebrate this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH).
The day will be celebrated on the 28th of May 2023 with the theme: ‘We are committed to creating a Ghana where every child and woman have access to Menstrual Health and Hygiene.’
According to the release, the day serves as a global platform that brings together voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote good Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) for girls and women.
“The MH day is used to create awareness where there is intense talk on menstruation publicly, change negative social norms around MH as well as engage decision-makers to increase political priority and catalyst action for MHH, at global, national, regional, district and community levels,” it added.
The objectives for this year’s commemoration include increasing advocacy to end stigmatization, seeking the commitment of duty bearers, education and information on menstruation, increasing and improve access to proper menstrual care and sanitary products and ending period poverty through advocacy.
Edem Agblevor, ISD