The UNITED NATIONS Secretary- General, Antonio Guterres in a message to mark International Women’s Day on March 8 said the time is now to turn the clock forward on the right of women. JustLikeYou is committed to celebrate young girls and women. To keep up with the theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights”. JustLikeYou will continue with its pad distribution program to young vulnerable girls.
Menstrual Health Management (MHM) is an integral part of every girl's life, but the fact remains that many girls lack access to proper resources to manage their menstrual health in safe, hygienic ways. For many girls, menstrual hygiene leads them to be ostracized by their communities, develop health issues, and even interferes with their education. In India alone, almost a third of girls are unable to attend school during their period because they lack access to proper facilities and sanitary products (UNICEF). Consequently, many fall behind their male classmates in their studies. It is no different in Cameroon and other African countries.
Continuing to examine the opportunities, as well as the constraints, to empower women and girls to have a voice and be equal players in decision-making related to climate change and sustainability is essential for sustainable development and greater gender equality. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.
This International Women’s Day, let’s claim “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.
(Information is courtesy of Un.org)
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