May 28th, is Menstrual Hygiene Day

Updated: Jul 20, 2021


Young women are the backbone of our societies, and they deserve access to safe and dignified solutions to managing their periods and the freedom to rise to their dreams and achieve their true potential.

The ongoing crisis in the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameroon has escalated the need to provide sanitary pads and menstrual hygiene education to internally displaced young women. During their periods, girls continue to rely on leaves, pieces of used clothing, foam mattress scraps, and banana fibers. To avoid shame and embarrassment during unavoidable accidental leaks, young girls resort to skipping school, leading to high

absenteeism and dropout rates.

Difficulty affording menstrual products can cause girls to stay home from school and work, with lasting consequences on their educations and economic opportunities. It can also exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, pushing women and girls closer toward dangerous coping mechanisms. Studies in Kenya, for example, have shown that some schoolgirls have engaged in transactional sex to pay for menstrual period. This is certainly not different for Cameroon.

Period poverty is not only an economic issue, but a social and political one as well. For instance, some advocates have called for menstruation products to be taxation exempt. Such efforts in India have resulted in the elimination of tax on sanitary pads and tampons . (, May 2020).

The One-Girl, One Pad Program sponsored by JLU will curb the high rates of menstrual-related absenteeism, increase school attendance, and increase young girls' self-confidence.

This program has three overarching goals:

  1. Encourage period-related conversation in the community(parents, teachers, men etc.)

  2. Support the girls and women who are unable to afford period-related necessities

  3. Celebrate womanhood.

To accomplish these goals, on May 25th - May 30th JLU is the kicking off the "One-Girl, One Pad Program Initiative." with these activities:

  • Breaking the silence, raising awareness and changing the negative social norms around MHH though education and celebration of womanhood.

  • Distributing disposable pads to over 500 young girls and women in IDP populated areas.

  • Equip targeted schools with necessities to support young women during their period and keep them in school

Who will Benefit from this Program?

Current beneficiaries include young girls and women in these areas in the S.W Region:

Buea (GS Buea town, Bokwai Community, Bokwango Community, Government Technical College, Tole Community, Bova Community, Muyuka IDPs Living within Buea town & GBHS Muea) Limbe (Government School Towe, Government Practicing School Towe, Middle Farms Quarter 3&4 Community, Save the Children Alliance Orphanage, Dilligent Home Orphanage, Children Full of Grace Orphanage) & Tiko Community.

All recipients will be entitled to one year's supply of disposable pads, detergent for hygiene management, educational material and a menstrual cycle bracelet.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Good menstrual health & hygiene is critical to achieve a range of SDGs, including SDGs 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 12

"Girls are one of the most powerful forces for change in the world: When their rights are recognized, their needs are met, and their voices are heard, they drive positive change in their families, their communities, and the world."

~Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation President & CEO.

This is an ongoing program and your generous donations will make a difference. Click here to support.