#GoRedForJackline

Trine Angeline Sig
Posted September 12, 2019 from Denmark

I am devastated to hear that a young girl has taken her life because she was shamed for period stains on her clothing.

I am reposting @officialjanetmbugua here:

Allegedly, she had soiled (stained) her dress because she was on her period and didn’t have access to a sanitary pad, so she bled through her dress. Her teacher, a female, allegedly told her to leave the classroom because she was ‘dirty’. She then went home, and took her life.

As much as the Government of Kenya passed a law in 2017 that should see girls in public schools get free sanitary pads;

Today and for the next few days I will #GoRedForJackline so that we can push for the policy which is being revised, to be ratified, made known to the public and implemented. That the policy should include educating TEACHERS on how to handle menstruating students. That boys are informed so that they become allies. That parents and houses of worship are also empowered to be champions. That we can all take up a responsibility in normalizing the conversation around periods. Because folks, it is bloody normal, pun intended! ✊ May

It’s so important - for all of us - that we are educated to see periods in a positive way. Only when we understanding that periods are a natural and normal part of life, can we practice good menstrual health and challenge the stigma and break those period taboos.

#endperiodpoverty #endswithjackline #endperiodstigma #menstruationmatters #itstarts #itstimeforaction

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Hello, Trine,

This is heartbreaking. Oh, poor Jackline. She must have been going through something, and the last thing she needed was being humiliated for being "dirty". My goodness! Menstrual blood is not dirty at all. I weep for her. Thank you for raising awareness and for starting a campaign to #GoRedForJackline.

Trine Angeline Sig
Sep 13
Sep 13

Yes it a moment of shame!
It's so sad to witness this happening in Kenya. In fact a country that was leading in Menstrual hygiene management matters.

But this sad event calls for more actions to be taken, we can't afford to lose a young girl due to her period. Adolescent girls and women face a range of challenges during menstruation which prevents them from realising their full potentials, a widespread context of silence and shame.

Lack of accurate information about menstruation at home and schools contributes to menstrual stigma, we can't keep quiet, let's end period stigma and all menstrual barriers that are lowering girl's and women's dignity during that time of the month.

Menstruation is an educational and social economic issue across the world. Girls all over the world suffer during menstruation because of cultural norms which are often derived from patriarchal notions about a woman’s status and place in the society.

Education about menstruation is key in breaking stigma, myths and misconceptions associated with menstruation.

Language used to describe periods especially first period is overwhelmingly negative, annoying, painful and uncomfortable, most girls have no idea with what's happening to their bodies, they get embarrassed, un-prepared and no clue of what's happening.

There's is urgent need to end stigma and taboos surrounding menstruation. Menstruation is the only blood not she'd from violence but the blood that disgusts many people the most We can only ask ourselves WHY?

I agree with every word you wrote, dear Trine. I hope our World Pulse sisters from Kenya could read this and join that call to action. Thanks again.

natukunda
Sep 13
Sep 13

This situation is simply absurd. Strength to the family.

Trine Angeline Sig
Sep 13
Sep 13

I agree - Its hard to find words!

Jill Langhus
Sep 13
Sep 13

Hi Trine,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing this truly sad story, and bringing awareness to it. I'm glad that you're part of the re-education and awareness process as there can never be too many doing this important work.

Hope you're having a good Friday, and that you have a great weekend!

Trine Angeline Sig
Sep 13
Sep 13

Thanks Jill and the same to you.

We must continue our efforts to shed light on periods as a natural thing - we cannot accept this to be stigmatised anywhere in the world.

Jill Langhus
Sep 13
Sep 13

You're welcome, and thank you:-)

Agreed!

Lisbeth
Sep 13
Sep 13

This is really a sad story. I can't say much, my sincere condolences to the family. Thanks for sharing.

Beth Lacey
Sep 18
Sep 18

This poor child. Cultural change is essential to improve these situations

Trine Angeline Sig
Sep 18
Sep 18

YES, we are confronted med social stigma each and every day. Education is key!