A report by Plan International (Counting the Invisible: Girls’ rights and realities) established that 5% of Zimbabwean girls drop out of school because of menstruation; 14% due to pregnancy and 11 percent due to marriage. Some of these pregnancies and marriages are due to transactional sex whereby girls will be merely looking for money to buy pads.
The female genitalia is a hidden part of the body, located down there. However, that should not mean that issues affecting it should be hidden or looked down upon, or swept under garments. Let's put menstruation on the public agenda and openly discuss it to its logical conclusion.
Theresa Farai Nyava
Girls and women menstruated yesterday, they are menstruating today and they will menstruate tomorrow. Should it take us a lifetime to get used to the idea that this natural biological process will always be with us and we have to decisively act to end period poverty once and for all?
Chiedza Liana Musiwa
I have a dream that girls and boys will one day talk about periods and ask questions and discuss solutions without fear or shame. Let's make menstruation a normal conversation and improve the dignity, health and wellbeing of girls and women through menstrual equity.
Down with period taboos. Down with antediluvian traditions perpetuating and entrenching period poverty, much to the suffering of girls and women. Let us all engage the menstrual equity gear and accelerate until period poverty is in our rear view mirrors.
Ginah Tinaishe Kashau
No girl should start her periods without accurate education about periods and adequate sanitary products to manage her periods. No parent should feel ashamed to talk about periods with their adolescent children.
The way we treat and value girls and women is reflected by how society responds to them in their greatest hour of need. It is greatly determined by how society plans and implements its menstrual health management programs? Where do we stand as Zimbabwe?
A girl's period is not her fault. No girl should ever sleep with someone to get access to menstrual products. Let's not demonize periods, but rather humanize them.
Let's openly talk about menstruation and close all the gender gaps created by poor menstrual hygiene management. If not now, then when?
Tatenda Audrey Kamwendo
I pledge to openly talk about menstruation and the plight of period poverty in Zimbabwe. Let's restore the dignity of girls and women through menstrual equity.
Sarah Tashinga Muyambo