By Yeukai Munetsi
One in ten underprivileged school girls miss school for at least four days each month over menstruation and these issues are not talked about due to embarrassment, lack of understanding and the low priority of such problems in the face of starvation, economic hardship, illiteracy and the many struggles of daily life.
Sisters with Voices Club at Chaplin high school in Gweru was formed to assist school girls through helping them to access reusable pads during their menstrual cycle.
Project founder Sibusisiwe Chivanda said the initiative is aimed to assist the girl child during their menstrual cycle after realising that some were missing classes because of the menstrual challenges.
“Most of the girls have resorted to use tissues, newspapers, leaves and cow dung to stop the flow and it is our hope as the club that this project will help the girl child to escape cervical cancer caused by using of unsafe methods,” said Chivanda.
She said the organisation will offer hygienic education on reusable pad like how to wash and iron the pad so that it will last for 3 months to avoid bacterial growth.
Chaplin Headmistress Mrs Marufu applauded the teacher for a great initiative that is intended to benefit girl child.
“I would like to thank Mrs Chivanda for coming up with the ‘Sisters with Voices’ club. Our girls have gained confidence and their participation levels in learning have improved,” she said.
Mr Victor Nyamayedenga a male teacher co-opted to help the club saying the project is yielding positive results.
“I appreciate being part of the club as it lightens the girl child at a time when the economy has taken a down turn considering the cost of pads is now beyond the reach of many.
The club is also breaking taboos and misconceptions towards menstrual cycle, taking pictures holding the pads is a thing that was never done before but we are putting a change to that,” said Nyamayedenga.