Lack of Sanitary towels impedes girls’ school attendance

By KBC Reporter

Kisii County Women Representative Mary Otara has called for concerted efforts that will help to retain the girl child in school.

Otara lamented that lack sanitary towels for girls from poor families were keeping the girls out of school a matter she said should be addressed by all stakeholders.

The Women Representative, who spoke when she distributed sanitary towels to four schools in Bonchari constituency, said Kshs 2 million from the Affirmative Action Fund would be set aside towards ensuring the supplies for the girls in the County.

The Women Representative said the fund will also assist the vulnerable including the disabled and women groups.

St. Mary’s Ebate Primary School Head Teacher Mary Nyaberi said lack of sanitary towels is a major handicap for school going girls, noting that girls lose in excess of 45 days a year when they have to stay at home until they are through with their menses.

She appealed for sustainable systems that will ensure that the girl child stays in school during and after the menses.


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