Let's stop Period Stigma

Annastanzia Kimbio
Posted September 16, 2019 from Kenya
Lets stop period Stigma
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Last week on Tuesday during the 9pm news on one of our national broadcasting channels, one of the main headlines read,” a class six pupil at Kabiangek primary school in Konoin, Bomet county took her own life claiming one of the teachers at her school picked on her and mocked her for soiling her uniform with her menses.”

First I felt sad and angry which I am still carrying the anger upto now almost a week later for many reasons but I will talk about two or three;

  1. It is very sad that this young naïve class 6 girl who is probably 11 or 12years old had put all her hope in this female teacher that she will understand her being she was in school and instead of helping and guiding the poor girl the whole grown up teacher actually mocked her when all she expected was love and care and being assured all this is normal and sacred and be shown love she expected, be told how to handle herself during this time. When she went home, she could not take the embarrassment she had gone through in school. She shared with the mother but again maybe she didn’t get enough assurance that everything will be OK and this was normal. She waited until the mother left and she committed suicide.This is a life cut short because we are still living in a world where periods, sex education are still a taboo to be discussed in our homes and schools.
  2. Our government has been in the past 3-4years been allocating millions of money for these girls to benefit from the free sanitary towels but it has been pure PR and afew individuals putting the money in their pockets.Since we started TPA, in all the schools and children homes we have visited we have never come across a beneficiary of free sanitary towels and that makes me sad. That is why as an organization we came up with a program that benefits the girls we visit in both the schools and homes #ThePadCampaign and we dubbed it “She shouldn’t miss a class because she can’t afford a packet of sanitary towels.”
  3. As African parents we need to stop treating sex education as taboo. Menstruation is as normal as peeing only that this applies to women only. We need to teach also these young boys that they should be a sister’s keeper.

 

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Be Blessed and a happy week.

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Jill Langhus
Sep 16
Sep 16

Hi Annastanzia,

How are you, dear? Yes, this story is very sad, indeed. I have to admit, I was quite shocked that the teacher was female. Not that women care more of a responsibility to enlighten students, but surely she would feel some empathy for this poor girl. I totally agree that parents need to stop treating sex education and menstruation as taboo. It's the only way forward. Good luck with your fundraiser.

Annastanzia Kimbio
Sep 16
Sep 16

Hi Jill
Thank you so much for sharing
it's sad and we are working towards ending this #periodshame culture

Jill Langhus
Sep 18
Sep 18

Hi there:-)

You're welcome. I'm so glad... keep up the great work!

Annastanzia Kimbio
Sep 19
Sep 19

Thank you
I will

Jill Langhus
Sep 20
Sep 20

You're welcome!

Awesome:-) You rock!

Lisbeth
Sep 16
Sep 16

Honestly, it was really a shocking news. How sad! Just menses to make an innocent girl commit suicide.
Was it solely the menses problems I am wondering. My sincere condolences and thanks for sharing.

Annastanzia Kimbio
Sep 16
Sep 16

Dear Lisbeth
Thank you and may the little girl rest in eternal love

Hello, Annastanzia,

I heard about this, and the thought of mocking a girl for having a soiled uniform angers me. Oh, we lost a precious life because of menstrual blood. I hope you raise more funds for this campaign.

Annastanzia Kimbio
Sep 19
Sep 19

Hi Karen,
It is more than sad
We are running a campaign so that we don't loose another innocent soul from this.
Thank you

I agree. I wonder if you and Trine can work together on this campaign. She wrote about the same thing https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/trine-angeline-sig/posts/92027

Hope you are doing well. Keep it up!

Annastanzia Kimbio
Sep 29
Sep 29

Thank you Karen,
I did

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 20
Sep 20

Dear Anastanzia,
Your words honour the too short life of this girl. How deeply sad that this teacher was not the loving support she could have and should have been. How disgraceful that your Government pretends to be solving the problem of girls having no ads nor supportive information, while stealing the money. Because of your loving words, this girl will be remembered. Because of your work, other girls will not be subjected to the same.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Annastanzia Kimbio
Sep 29
Sep 29

Dear Tamarack,
Thank you very much for your kind words.
We keep doing doing our best as we hope one day this will be history.
Be blessed

maeann
Sep 29
Sep 29

Hi Annastanzia,
I hope you will receive support as you bring awareness to your campaign. God Bless you on this.

Annastanzia Kimbio
Sep 29
Sep 29

Hi Maeann,
Amen and be blessed too
Thank you