By Grace Orok
The maiden edition of “Girls Talk Periods”, an annual program organized by Second Chance Initiative has held in Calabar the Cross River State capital.
Speaking at the event, the Cross River State Commissioner of Women Affairs, Mrs. Stella Odey lauded the initiative of the Non-Governmental Organization.
Urging them to remain focused and committed, the Commissioner maintained that “More of this initiative is needed in the State”.
Concluding she said, “The Ministry of Women Affairs is fully in support of this initiative and our doors are open to support you all round.”
Earlier, the founder of Second Chance Initiative, Ms. Lillian Oyama revealed that the rationale behind the project which will be annually is to further strengthen and empower the girl child.
She said: “We are here to strengthen confidence, particularly about the subject of menstruation which makes people uneasy for no reason and to break the culture of silence around the biological needs of girls and women”.
She disclosed that, “We would soon begin to teach young girls how to produce sanitary pads in order to make it easier and more accessible”.
On his part Dr. Elihu Osim of Aurora Loreli Ltd, a resource person warned about dangers of sex during periods, he introduced to the audience, the “Gynosmart App” which works on all mobile phones, irrespective of the operating system.
Participants donated sanitary pads to the NGO.
Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism
CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.
Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.
Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.