Breaking the taboo on menstruation

Master Samisoni Rokovesa (right) listens in with Year 7 & 8 students of Deenbandhu Primary School during the Menstrual Hygiene Day presentation in Suva. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

INTERNATIONAL Menstrual Hygiene Day was celebrated for the first time in Fiji on Monday with the hope to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role good menstrual hygiene management plays. Organised by Medical Services Pacific, its executive director Jennifer Poole said the campaign encouraged young women to talk about menstruation because it was considered a taboo topic.

“In Fiji and the world, where menstruation is considered a taboo topic, or even shameful and embarrassing, this campaign is encouraging us all to talk about it,” Ms Poole said.

“Medical Services Pacific wants to break the silence, talk about periods to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day.”

She said it was important to talk about these topics in order to break the myths associated with menstruation.

“We need to talk about periods: why is menstruations still holding girls back? We need to educate girls and we need boys and men to be engaged in the conversation.”

A team of specialists visited Deenbhandhoo Memorial School in Suva on Monday to hold an awareness session for the students.

The celebration was sponsored by Libra and the Australian Government’s Fiji Program Support Facility.

Ms Poole reiterated the importance of raising awareness on menstrual hygiene and added MSP would be travelling to maritime areas to conduct awareness.

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