Neem Foundation Empowers 200 Girls with Free Sanitary Pads

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On Wednesday 20th of March 2024, Neem Foundation, in collaboration with Arieli Foundation, took a significant step towards addressing period poverty in Nigeria by distributing free sanitary pads to 200 girls at Government Secondary School Nyanya FCT-Abuja. This initiative, part of Neem Foundation’s Neem Seed Initiative, not only provided much-needed menstrual products but also served as an educational platform for the girls.

Period poverty is a pressing issue in Nigeria, with over 37 million women and girls unable to access or afford menstrual products, pain medication, and underwear. This situation is exacerbated by the country’s high cost of living crisis and ongoing conflicts in various regions.

Nancy Oyibo, leading the Neem Foundation team, emphasized that this initiative reflects Neem Foundation’s commitment to heal, renew, and restore. She highlighted the importance of shedding light on this often-overlooked issue. The staff and students of Government Secondary School Nyanya expressed deep gratitude to Neem Foundation and called for the initiative to be an ongoing effort rather than a one-time event.

Neem Foundation’s dedication to addressing period poverty extends beyond this distribution event. We aim to continue raising awareness and providing support to women and girls in need. This commitment aligns with the global movement for menstrual equity, which advocates for access to menstrual products as a basic human right.

The impact of Neem Foundation’s initiative goes beyond the distribution of sanitary pads. It empowers girls to manage their menstrual health with dignity and confidence, ensuring they can continue their education without interruption. Also, it underscores the importance of addressing menstrual health as part of broader efforts to achieve gender equality and social justice.

Neem Foundation’s initiative sets a powerful example for other organizations and governments to follow. By recognizing and addressing the unique challenges faced by women and girls, we move closer to a world where menstrual equity is a reality for all.