Legislators Seek Policy on Menstrual Hygiene Management

1970 Views Kampala, Uganda

In short
The need ascended from a motion tabled before parliament by Shadow Minister of Education Akello Judith Franca arguing that the dignity of the girl child is undermined by gender unfriendly school cultures and practices. This includes the lack of adequate menstrual hygiene management gears like soap, sanitary pads, private bathing spaces and places for changing and disposing off used materials

Members of Parliament observe a need for a comprehensive policy on menstrual hygiene management as a way of keeping the girl child in school.

The need ascended from a motion tabled before parliament by Shadow Minister of Education Akello Judith Franca arguing that the dignity of the girl child is undermined by gender unfriendly school cultures and practices.

This includes the lack of adequate menstrual hygiene management gears like soap, sanitary pads, private bathing spaces and places for changing and disposing off used materials.  Akello argues that such conditions coupled with sexual harassment are affecting the participation of the girl child in education.

Based on the concern, Akello requested that Parliament resolves that a comprehensive policy on menstrual hygiene management is formulated to enhance implementation of Education programs for the girl child.

The motion further demanded that government sets aside funds for the Education Ministry to support sustainable menstrual hygiene management programs as well as the incorporation of menstrual hygiene management in various curriculums of the Ministry of Education.

Baba Diri Margaret, the Woman MP for Koboko District demanded that government subsidizes Sanitary Pads so that they become more affordable for the girl child. She also demanded for separate toilets for girls in schools.

Also in support of the motion was Ishaka Municipality MP Odo Tayebwa noted who observed that government has a responsibility to develop a policy requiring a provision of sanitary towels in schools through senior women teachers.

"In our culture it's a taboo to see the blood of a menstruating woman as well as a taboo for men to sleep with a woman during her menstruation period. When we talk about sanitary towels, it is not something we should take lightly", Tayebwa noted.
 
//Cue in: "when we are talking…….
Cue out:…….they cannot"//

"There is no way you can fail to give emergence to such matters because it is natural", Kalungu West MP Joseph Sewungu said.

//Cue in: "I was conducting…….
Cue out:…….support it"//
 
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed that the Minister of Education Jessica Alupo gives a formal response on the motion next week before Parliament makes its final decision on the matter.

 

About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.