First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Bio, has urged Sierra Leoneans to support the Free Sanitary Pads campaign for school pupils across the country.
The Free Sanitary Pad campaign will kick-off with the “One Nation Concert” at the Bintumani Hotel, Freetown where both national and international Gospel Artistes will be performing on the 7th of March at the Bintumani Hotel and the 8th of March at the National Stadium, Freetown.
After successfully launching the Hands Off Our Girls campaign, Madam Fatima Bio saw the need to develop a camping around menstruation which seems to be another deterrent for school going girls.
While speaking to journalists at her Wilkinson Road office, the First Lady said that it takes just $11.50 dollars to provide a sanitary pad for a kid for the whole year, adding that if Sierra Leoneans could commit themselves to the campaign, school girls will not stay away from school.
She maintained that school girls observing their menstruation period usually stay away from school for 84 days a year which is detrimental to their education.
She went on to state that menstruation should be a topic that people should be willing to talk about publicly just as sex because it is affecting girls’ growth.
The First Lady said she has always been doing projects that resonate with people, and pointed out that this project is something everybody should be a part of.
She commended Sister Rebecca for coming up with the One Nation Concert idea to raise funds and create awareness on menstruation which is considered a taboo.
She said that the use of cloth by girls as sanitary pad has great health implications and the problem should not be left in the hands of the government alone.
She used the opportunity to call for national support to raise money to buy sanitary pads for schools as they are not only targeting SLPP girls but every Sierra Leonean kid that may be in need of it.