According to the founder of Princesses Attaining Defining Stages (PADS), Temitope Udom, proper menstrual education and hygiene are essential to boost the confidence of the female child in contributing positively to the society. She said this in an interview in Lagos in commemoration of the Global Menstrual Hygiene Day which holds May 28.
According to her, most young girls who were not educated about the physiological changes that occur upon reaching puberty get embarrassed and lose self-esteem.
The founder said the project is aimed to be a voice for menstrual hygiene for Nigeria and Africa beyond, ensuring increased access for girls to properly use menstrual hygiene materials. The project was started by the founder as a community service in conjunction with three of her friends while doing their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Calabar, Cross River in 2017.
The NGO was able to get sponsors from private organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to provide sanitary towels worth over N150, 000 to be distributed in three schools.
Temitope Udom also called on corporate organisations and well-meaning citizens to support the Global Menstrual Hygiene Day by providing menstrual materials through Non-Governmental
Organisations to the less privileged.