Kogi First Lady Restates Commitment To Championing Menstrual Hygiene Management Promotion

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The Kogi State First Lady, Her Excellency, Hajia Sefinat Usman Ododo, has reaffirmed her resounding commitment to championing the cause of menstrual hygiene and promoting a #PeriodFriendlyWorld for the women and girls of Kogi State.

Hajia Ododo gave the assurance in Lokoja as part of activities to mark the 2024 Menstrual Hygiene Day commemoration organised by Heal for Africa Initiative (HFAI), tagged:”#PeriodFriendlyWorld”.

May 28, 2024 marks the celebration of the 10th edition of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, a global initiative dedicated to promoting awareness and education about menstrual hygiene.

Whille commending the Founder of HFAI, Dr Kelechi Okoro for the NGOs activities in Kogi State, the Kogi first lady pledged her unwavering support for the initiative and outlined her plans to improve menstrual hygiene and other sexual and reproductive health initiatives in the state.

She emphasized the importance of breaking the silence and stigma surrounding menstruation.

“Menstruation should never be a barrier to education, health, or personal growth. As a mother and a leader, I am committed to ensuring that every girl and woman in Kogi State can manage their menstruation with dignity and confidence,” she said.

Her Excellency also admonished parents to prioritize menstrual hygiene education for their daughters.

“Parents play a crucial role in their children’s development. It is essential to provide your girl child with accurate information and support about menstruation.

“This helps them understand their bodies and manage their menstrual health effectively. Let us create an open and supportive environment where our daughters feel comfortable discussing their menstrual needs,” she said.

Hajia Ododo further encouraged the young girls to know that menstruation remained a natural part of growing up.

She advised “To every young girl, know that menstruation is a natural part of growing up. Do not let it hold you back from pursuing your dreams.

“Educate yourself, take care of your health, and seek support when needed. My office is committed to advancing the health and rights of the girl child .

Also speaking, Dr Folasade Ayoade Arike, the Secretary to the Kogi State Government (SSG), reiterated Her Excellency’s call on other female leaders to support the initiative.

She also urged government officials and stakeholders to join the movement for menstrual hygiene sensitization, especially in schools and underserved communities.

“We must work together to ensure that all girls have access to menstrual hygiene products, education, and facilities.

“Our collective efforts can break down barriers and create a world where menstruation is not a hindrance but a celebrated aspect of life.”

She implored other women leaders to take concrete steps to build a #PeriodFriendlyWorld.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs,  Hajia Fatimah Momoh made a commitment to champion the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in Kogi State. She emphasized that the focus on women’s and girls’ health must extend beyond the Menstrual Hygiene Day commemoration.
“This is not just about today; it is about ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our girls. The Ministry of Women Affairs will provide the necessary support to promote the #PayAttentionToHer project.”

I urge everyone to join us in this vital cause,” she concluded.

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