sanitary pad: Awareness is being spread throughout the country with sanitary pads and periods. Many of the country’s governments have removed the sanitary pad from tax to enable women of all classes to use it, but still there are many such parts in the world where even today, it is very difficult to buy sanitary pad for women.
You would be surprised to know that in a country where girls still have to have sex in exchange for sanitary pads, and this is due to poverty, lack of proper means, conservatism and a lack of awareness.
UNICEF research has revealed that around 65 per cent of the women living in the Kibera Slum in Nairobi, capital of the country, have sex trading in exchange for sanitary pads during the Period.
Tell us that Kibera is Africa’s largest slum area, and in the report of UNICEF, here is the horrific truth that has come to light.
The matter is not just Kibera, it is the same case of western Kenya, but even around 10 per cent girls have accepted the idea of having sex for sanitary pads. According to research, 54 percent of girls in Kenya have faced many difficulties during the periods. Tell that 22 percent of school girls buy their sanitary pads themselves.
Andrew Tewett, head of UNICEF Kenya’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, told in an interview with The Independent, “It is common here that instead of sanitary items, girls are victims of sexual assault, our motorcycle taxi is called Boda Bodaas And girls are forced to do sex in exchange for sanitary pads with the drivers. This is happening for two reasons. There is a clear reason: poverty – women and girls do not have the money to buy sanitary pads.
But the second major problem is also supply, the trend of sex is also increasing due to sanitary because these are not available in girls’ villages, girls have problems in transport and they are unable to afford the bus. , There are many villages where there are neither roads nor bus service.
He says, “The more hesitation for menstruation, it means that boys and girls are not aware about it. Neither the mother tells her daughters anything about this or she is being educated from the school itself. ”
One student told that he was going through the Trauma due to the sanitary pads and the exchange of sex.
She explains, “My period started in 2014, then I was in the 7th class. I remember that day well. On that day there was a sports day in school. I was a very good handball player and was preparing to play. When I was in the changing room, my friend told me that there is blood on my Thai, when I checked, blood in my pants was blood. I was scared to tell my teacher because he was a mail teacher and I was ashamed. ”
My friend asked to make an excuse for illness and then took me to Boda Bodas (motorcycle taxi driver). They gave us small bags, which contained sanitary pads.
‘My friend told me that I should not tell anyone about this, even my parents do not. The next day, in school, Mary told me that they always help her by giving sanitary pads during periods. He also asked me to meet him, Boda bought him a phone too. Those people promised me sanitary pads every month. ‘
‘I was trapped in a trap that I still regret. Mary pressured me to sleep with that person. In 2016, I became pregnant and in July 2017 I gave birth to a son. I was trapped in this whole web because I did not have sanitary pads. ‘
UNICEF said in the survey that nearly 7 per cent of women and girls in Kenya used to wear old-dirty clothes, blankets of blankets, wings of the chickens, clay and newspaper during the Period, 46 per cent women disposable pads and 6 percent reusable pads Use it.
Even here many girls and women dig a pit at the time of Period, and they keep sitting there until the periods are there.
One of the main reasons for the girls being trapped in the sex nets instead of the sanitary pads is the lack of information about money and information about it.