Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has announced plans to begin a free sanitary pad campaign for girls in the city, following in the footsteps of UDA Senator Gloria Orwoba.
When Orwoba stepped into the Senate chambers wearing “blood-stained” clothes, she drew attention to the subject of menstrual hygiene poverty.
Sakaja complimented Orwoba’s brave and daring gesture, stating that unpleasant measures are sometimes required to bring about change.
Orwoba’s proposal requests that the Ministry of Public Service, Gender, and Affirmative Action offer free sanitary pads to all female students in public schools.
She also demands that schools lacking appropriate restrooms provide seclusion, cleanliness, and proper disposal of hygiene items.
The Senator further requests that the Ministry promote awareness and advocate for reproductive health concerns connected to period poverty.
Governor Sakaja committed to doing his bit in Nairobi, noting that he appreciates the necessity of giving girls who cannot afford menstrual hygiene products access to them.
He also underlined the need of obtaining these things in a manner that respects the girls’ dignity.
This effort comes at a time when period poverty is a big problem in many areas of the globe, with girls missing school and experiencing substantial health risks owing to a lack of access to menstrual hygiene supplies.
It is encouraging to see leaders like Sakaja and Orwoba addressing this crucial subject.