KEEPING GIRLS IN SCHOOL- UGANDA REDCROSS LAUNCHES DRIVE TO PROVIDE SANITARY WEAR FOR GIRLS

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The Uganda Red Cross society has partnered with government and other civil society Organizations to avail sanitary wear to girls so as to keep them in school. The campaign dubbed “keep Girls in School initiative” is running under the theme, Empowered girls, empowered mothers, empowered communities”. Launching the campaign, the state minister for Education, Mrs Rose Sseninde said this will save girls from missing school and hence improved performance and retention in school. “Girls miss between 12 to 15 days every term because of menstruation because they do not have pads and a conducive environment for them to change, this in turn affects their performance”. She said. She said parents are meant to provide sanitary wears for their children but many cannot afford hence the need for everyone to come up and join. “We need everyone to come up and support because now it’s everyone’s responsibility. With 15,000 shillings, you will be able to support a girl child through the year, so it is possible”. Sseninde emphasized. The minister also advised girls not to feel bad because of menstruation because it is a sign that they are healthy and will be able to bear children in future. Uganda Red cross Secretary general, Robert Kwesiga said through the campaign, boxes will be placed at difference offices to allow people contribute so every child can enjoy the right to menstruate in safety and dignity. He says Redcross has always done this but in crisis areas but now extending it to children in schools. He adds that this will also include ensuring that there are clean spaces for the girls to change while at school.
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