after going through the published stories about menstruation, I realize that my strory about my first menstruation does not differ from those of my worldpulse sisters. what i can add is menstruation is part of a girl's life cycle: it's a "normal" and natural process. The body of the girl undergoes changes at the age of puberty and is usually accompanied by menstruation.
unfortunately, in the whole world and in Africa more particularly this subject is a taboo following numerous cultural beliefs. In some cultures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, periods must remain secret for the girl. menstruation is often equated with a very strong pejorative symbol.
in the bushi culture in the congo, periods are perceived as something "dirty". The young woman in period of menstruation is forbidden to cook under penalty of rendering her food unfit for consumption. the girl is forbidden to integrate any community under the pretext that during this period the girl carries in her the maleduction.the society must be then protected by isolate the girl in period. girls in periods face mockery, unpleasant or shameful remarks, which often accentuate the feeling of contempt and pain they feel strongly.
many girls give up school during mentruation period because of the pain encountered but also because they feel isolated, misunderstood and shameful in this situation.
These girls feel compelled to not go to school, miss several classes and find themselves in a situation of dropping out of school. And in parallel, those who still go to school, find themselves in a sense of embarrassment and sit at the back of the class. They are discreet for fear of emitting a smell or leak on their clothes.
note that the topic of menstuation remains something very important. Especially since we are fighting more and more for the empowerment of girls and women around the world, and more particularly in Africa. One of the reasons for this fight is a better access to women's health.
I salute the initiative of the many non-governmental organizations, the SAFECO association especially for the awareness campaign for the purpose of building self-confidence in the girlgs , the sharing of information on menstruation and the distrubution of kits.
Dear all, you must understand that menstruations are not taboo, they are rather a subject of rejoicing because it is a sign that the body of the girl works perfectly.
women must break the silence and prepare the girls by clearly speaking to them about menstruation.