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Menstruation is hindering girls' education in Kenya

Although the beginning of menstruation is an important milestone when moving from childhood to adulthood, it is often seen as a major concern.

In Kenya, for example, millions of adolescent girls have a high level of access to healthcare. Adolescent girls from disadvantaged families can not afford to buy medical towels and use innocent methods

Girls who can not afford sanitary napkins to use raw and hygienic methods, such as old mattresses, old mattresses clothes or cotton in their wombs to prevent flow. In urban slums in Kenya, girls use rubbish to collect rubbish and use them for their own use, which causes serious health complications.

At the beginning of the menstrual period, millions of Kenyan girls are exposed from school. According to the study by the Ministry of Education, Kenyan teenagers lose about 3.5 million learning days per month during their menstrual cycle. This hampers their competitiveness in the classroom, low self-esteem, higher drop-out rates, and vulnerability to early marriage in some regions. With lost learning days, girls lose their self-confidence and the potential to reach their potential per month decreases.

Limited access to safe, affordable, convenient, and hygienic methods for managing menstruation has implications for rights and the physical, social and mental well-being of adolescent girls. This not only undermines sexual and reproductive health and well-being, but has been shown to limit girls access to education when they are absent due to the proper way to handle menstruation. This has an impact on their performance and ultimately leads to early school leaving

At present, women account for 58% of illiterate adult Kenyans. Apparently this is due to the inability to complete the school for many reasons related to sexual and reproductive health.

The second and third Millennium Development Goals (MDG2 & 3), "access to general primary education" and "equality and empowerment" are not only their own goal but an important tool for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. It is imperative that Kenya speed up its efforts and take further steps to ensure that the millions of girls affected by lack of education benefit from the core promises of the Millennium Development Goals. Action should be taken to address the causes of women's economic potential


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