Joy as Kisii Woman Rep distributes sanitary towels to schoolgirls

Kisii Woman Rep Dorice Donya launches sanitary towels initiative at Kenyenya Stadium in Bomachoge Borabu Constituency, Kisii County. Photo: Elizabeth Angira

Kisii County Woman Representative Doris Aburi has said her office will ensure continuous provision of sanitary towels to all girls from Grade 6 to Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) in the county.

She said there is need for elected leaders to unite among themselves to identify priority areas of development and work on them instead of engaging in politics.

“Let one leader pick roads, another pick water as I have picked the distribution of sanitary pads to schools then by the end of our tenure we would have boosted all round development in our region,” she said.

Kisii Woman Rep Dorice Donya launches sanitary towels initiative at Kenyenya Stadium, Kisii. Photo Elizabeth Angira

The Woman MP was speaking at Kenyenya Stadium in Bomachoge Borabu Constituency when she launched the issuance of sanitary pads on Monday, June 3.

She said that her office will work hand in hand with education officers from the region to draft a schedule that will serve girls with the sanitary towels even during holidays.

The Woman Representative said each girl will get 6 packets of the pads that will last for one year but promised to add them more if need arose.

The launch was graced by Kisii County Director of Education Philip Chirchir who thanked the woman Representative for the good gesture.

He said that although the education is not devolved, save for Early Childhood Education Development, both National and county governments should support the sector.


Schools in Kiambu welcome move of Woman Reps distributing sanitary towels

He emphasized the National Government’s effort to offer free Education in both primary and secondary schools adding that county governments and the private sector are very important partners in education development projects.

Chirchir highlighted about one study that estimate that 65 per cent of the Kenyan women and girls could not afford sanitary pads in every month and 54 per cent of women and girls revealed that they were unable to get money to manage their menstrual occurrences.

Beatrice Kenyansa from Riribe Primary School said sometimes they are forced to buy the pads for girls to prevent them from the stigma they get from their boys counterparts whenever they wetted their clothes.

She thanked the Woman Rep for her timely launch of the programme saying it is a relief for girls from poor backgrounds.

Teachers asked the Woman Rep to ensure the sanitary towels are of good quality and size to serve the pupils well because most of them are innocent about their use.

By Enock Okong’o

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