Breaking the taboo


Writing in the Huffington Post, Nelly Lukale states that menstruation has become a burden, not only to African women and girls – but also entire societies throughout the continent.

With social attitudes keeping menstruation a taboo subject, open discussion of the issue can be difficult and persists in keeping the damage hidden.

Quoting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who, in 2012 said “the greatest return comes from investing in girls and women. When they are educated, they drive development in their families, communities and nations,” Lukale calls upon African governments to do more for feminine health issues and ensure they have full access to toilets, sanitation facilities, menstrual pads and information.

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