Menstrual Hygiene and Health: NASPA and Fatima Sherif Promote Education and Awareness

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NASPA’s recent workshop, held in partnership with A.M.E. Zion Junior High School on May 28th, 2014, was a groundbreaking event that aimed to educate young girls about menstrual hygiene and health. Fatima Sharif and the resource personnel led the workshop, guiding the girls through the entire menstrual hygiene process.

 

The workshop began with an explanation of what menstruation is and its physical and emotional effects. The girls shared their personal experiences, including feelings of laziness, pain, and discomfort during their periods. Fatima and the resource personnel discussed common practices that can lead to infections, bad odors, and low self-confidence, such as using rags or other unhygienic materials. They emphasized the importance of proper menstrual hygiene, including how to change pads correctly, dispose of them hygienically, and manage different flow levels (heavy or light).

The team covered essential topics, including understanding the menstrual cycle and its phases, recognizing the signs of menstruation and preparing for it, choosing the right sanitary products (pads or tampons) and using them correctly, maintaining good hygiene and changing pads regularly, managing menstrual cramps, bloating, and other symptoms, building self-confidence and self-care during menstruation, debunking common myths and stigmas surrounding menstruation, and encouraging open conversations and support among peers and family members.

By educating young girls about menstrual hygiene and health, NASPA and Fatima Sharif aim to empower them to take control of their bodies, build self-esteem, and develop healthy habits for life. This knowledge will help them navigate their menstrual cycles with confidence, make informed choices about their health, and break down societal barriers that perpetuate shame and silence around menstruation. Moreover, it will foster a supportive community where girls can share their experiences, ask questions, and seek help when needed.

The workshop also aimed to address the social and cultural taboos surrounding menstruation, which often lead to misinformation, embarrassment, and stigma. By creating a safe and inclusive space, Fatima and the resource personnel encouraged the girls to speak openly about their experiences, challenges, and fears, and provided reassurance and guidance to help them overcome these obstacles. By doing so, we can break down the barriers that prevent girls from reaching their full potential and create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.

On May 31st, 2024, NASPA and Fatima Sharif visited Porters Senior High School to educate students about menstrual hygiene and health. The workshop was a huge success, with students actively participating and engaging in the discussion. Fatima Sharif and the resource personnel began by explaining what menstruation is and its physical and emotional effects. The students shared their experiences and contributed to the discussion, asking questions and seeking clarification on various aspects of menstruation.

The team covered essential topics, including understanding the menstrual cycle, recognizing the signs of menstruation, choosing the right sanitary products, maintaining good hygiene, managing menstrual cramps and other symptoms, and building self-confidence and self-care during menstruation. The students were also educated on the global menstrual facility symptoms of menstruation, which include pimples on the face, fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and many more. The challenges of menstruation, such as stigma, taboos, and lack of access to sanitary products, were also discussed.

 

The importance of menstrual hygiene was emphasized, with explanations on how to change pads correctly, dispose of them hygienically, and manage different flow levels. The team also debunked common myths and stigmas surrounding menstruation, encouraging open conversations and support among peers and family members. By empowering the students with knowledge and confidence, NASPA and Fatima Sharif aim to help them take control of their bodies, build self-esteem, and develop healthy habits that will benefit them throughout their lives.

The workshop was a significant step towards creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for all, where girls can feel comfortable discussing their experiences and seeking help when needed. By providing education and support, NASPA and Fatima Sharif are working towards a future where menstruation is no longer a taboo topic, but a natural and essential part of life.

 

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