Menstruation misery for schoolgirls

Deputy Minister Damasane

Deputy Minister Damasane

Dudzai Matewu Herald Reporter
More than half of teenage girls in Zimbabwe do not have access to sanitary wear and use unhygienic alternatives such as leaves, a senior Government official has said.
Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development Deputy Minister Abigail Damasane said this at a ceremony to launch the International Menstruation Hygiene Day in Seke recently.
She said 62 percent of young girls in rural areas use leaves or rags during menstruation, adding that 20 percent of girls miss lessons due to period pains.
“Girl children are failing Grade Seven because sometimes they do not come to school because of menstruation.

“They spend the whole process at home because they will shy when they spoil their uniforms,” she said.
She urged churches and other organisations to establish clubs that assist these girls in making reusable sanitary wear to bring back confidence among the girls.
Deputy Minister Damasane advised the girls to embrace the idea of reusable pads because they can make them by themselves.

“As a community let us work together to make our own pads for our children. Let us use these new products and spread this issue to the whole world because there are no miracles to stop this menstruation,” she said.

Reusable pads are washable, affordable, portable and can be changed frequently.
The reusable pads have already been introduced to four provinces namely, Masvingo, Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North and Midlands.
There are 10 districts with 467 schools that had 49 000 girls that are benefiting from these sanitary towels.

The menstruation hygiene day which was being held for the first time across the world, was organised to boost awareness of women’s sanitary needs during menstruation.

Health and reproductive organisations launched the world’s first menstrual hygiene day on May 28 to draw attention to the many girls forced to miss school each month because of inadequate toilet or washing facilities and insufficient access to sanitary towels.

Unesco, the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural body, estimates that one in 10 girls in Africa will miss school during their period and eventually drop out of school.

Globally, campaigners are promoting menstrual hygiene day with the hashtag #MenstruationMatters to raise awareness of the stigma and practical difficulties many girls face.

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  • Judas Iscariot

    Mudede was encouraging Zimbabweans to avoid contraceptives,he should embrace the burden of providing these girls with sanitary wear if their parents can,t afford them.

  • tito

    Leaves??? Leaves from which type of tree. just curious.

    • Hacha Ndizvo


  • Mdara Odza


  • Jenny Wall

    My Pads is a Zimbabwean company making affordable, quality reusable sanitary pads. They cost $5 for a pack of 5 pads and last more than 1 year. e-mail [email protected] Make a difference to a girl’s life – value her – support her.

  • Tamuka

    Fire all the MPs and use the money to help these girls……

  • JAYA

    sori Zimbabwe

  • Jambanja paSalisbury

    Kana tichiti Zanu Pf yaondonga nyika heinoyi imwe yeEvidence yacho! Mashizha for sanitary pads! Anyway, this is mainly happening in their so-called strongholds!

  • mpengo


    A Zimbabwean middle-class was considered living a good life.

    An artisan could easily buy a car.

    Now… reduced to struggling to getting the most basic of needs.

    Everything has been reversed.

    If the greed & selfishness could just be reduced by 50%, there would’ve been a great deal of a difference.

    Here, I am talking to leaders who claim to represent people yet are driven by the one selfish goal of self enrichment.

    Not all are like that. But many are.

    The type who:
    - talk about indigenisation ONLY FOR THEMSELVES
    - empowerment ONLY FOR THEMSELVES
    - removal of sanctions ONLY FOR THEMSELVES
    - nationalisation of diamonds and mines ONLY FOR THEMSELVES
    - prosecution of theft & crime WHEN IT DOESNT INCLUDE THEM
    - excessive taxing WHEN IT DOESNT INCLUDE THEM
    - banning of taxis BECAUSE IT DOESNT AFFECT THEM

    … and so on.

  • DEBOUROU Alassane, BENIN

    Menstruations could not a school girf from attending class,
    we have to pass for more awareness of our girls

    • Cde Nharo


  • Mudzidzisi Ticha Benard

    bhora mgedhi yenyu iyi honai mashura oitika. more embarrassments coming