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BY KUDZAI MUCHENJEKWA 17/02/18 P3

SCORES of girls and young women yesterday gathered at Town House in Harare for a march dubbed “Happy Flow Campaign” aimed at advocating for health and wellness particularly access to sanitary wear. The campaign was focused on the challenges that girls and young women face during their menstruation. Katswe Sistahood, in collaboration with the Sadc Parliamentary Forum (Sadc PF), joined forces to make the government look into menstrual health matters. Chairperson for the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs and Youth, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said the health needs of girls should be prioritised by government. “Many young girls miss school during their menstrual period, which makes them eventually become dropouts and at the same time these young girls are subjected to sexual harassment and abuse as a result of lack of access to sanitary wear,” the MDC legislator said. Katswe Sistahood director, Talent Jumo said the government should make it a point that girls get sanitary wear at schools. “The prices of sanitary wear should be reduced. So many girls have been using cow dung, newspapers, rags and crushed maize cobs and this is not healthy, as it exposes the girls and young women to greater infections,” she said