Free pads for girls from less privileged families

Girls from poor families are set to benefit from menstrual hygiene kits after the Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCs) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with iSanitize.

The MoU, which covers a year, will see girls from less privileged families getting assisted with menstrual hygiene products such as sanitary pads.

The MoU would also see the dissemination of educational information on menstrual hygiene, general hygiene, and sanitation.

This is expected to result in the increase in attendance of girls in schools.

“We are glad to join hands with iSanitize and we look forward to working towards addressing the many challenges the learners, especially girls, face in schools,” ZOCs deputy executive director Cleopatra Muma said.

Muma said the partnership will help address the challenge of menstrual hygiene, which has seen many girls, skip class due to inability to afford sanitary towels.

She said promoting menstrual hygiene is a step towards safeguarding the dignity, bodily integrity and opportunities for girls to excel in their education.

This would also improve gender equality and help in the promotion of equal opportunities between boys and girls in education and life in general.

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