Many adolescent girls have a lot of anxiety surrounding menstruation. In Ghana, many girls leave school grounds or decide to stay home during their period each month, this is the major reason for low adolescent girls attendance rates. Many girls cannot afford sanitary pads on a regular basis and do not have access to sanitary restrooms.
There is a lack of sexual health education in schools. This leads to many adolescent girls not understanding why they are menstruating and has lead to a rise in teen pregnancy and youth contracting STIs.
The Menstrual Management Project provides sexual health education workshops in schools for young men and women.
Sanitary pads and menstrual cups are distributed during these workshops to young women.
“...there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women” Kofi Annan says and the beginning of them is ensuring all girls have access to quality education.