Serene Early-Trobb Concepts, a non-governmental organisation poised toward girl-child empowerment, has embarked on Pad A Girl campaign for secondary school girls by distributing free sanitary pads.
The campaign, which was marked in Lagos and Ogun States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is aimed at commemorating the World Menstrual Hygiene Day and also empowering girls on menstruation management by helping them access information and services.
Founder and Convener of the NGO, Rhoda Olorunfemi, said that the campaign is about educating girls in the country on menstrual hygiene and health, distributing free sanitary pads in our little quotas and also a call to action by the Nigerian government to make free sanitary products available.
“We are calling the Nigerian government’s attention to the plights of girls and women forced to use clothes for their periods due to the high cost of purchasing sanitary products.
“Our aim is also to use this advocacy campaign to reach young girls who do not know how to manage themselves before, during and after their menstruation by providing information and services for them.
“Our organisation is looking forward to taking this campaign to other parts of the country as we yet to cover the last location of the project in Akwa-Ibom state as well as some parts in Lagos state aside from Agege Local Government Area where is our area of focus.”
Olorunfemi also explained that the Pad A Girl project is one out of the numerous projects the organisation has for teenage girls, which was launched in the year 2021 as Arise for Girls Initiative, where projects such as Education for Girls, free Vocational Skills Training, Computer literacy, Reading Culture and many more was conceived to look into challenges girls in the society are facing.