The Young Women Christian Association of Zimbabwe (YWCA) has handed over reusable sanitary pads to dozens of mentally and physically challenged young girls in the country.
The YWCA is a children’s rights lobby group that aims to help young vulnerable girls.The group recently donated a number of sanitary pads to young girls from Mbare, Hopley and Epworth locations in Harare, about 75 young women have benefited from the donation.
YWCA said they saw it fit to donate the reusable sanitary pads to the girls as this might be convenient for them to use, given their financial capabilities. The sanitary pads have a life span of more than three years. This vulnerability has led to the girls resorting to unorthodox means for menstrual hygiene.
While commenting at the handover ceremony in Harare, YWCA national general secretary Muchanyara Mukamuri said:
“Reusable sanitary pads are a great and innovative initiative which lots of African countries have long adopted. The fact that they can be used safely for 3-5 years is a big plus. This saves a young girl in the various parts of the country lots of money by avoiding the disposables.”