The Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Bauchi state chapter, has introduced pad banks in its schools, as a means to promote girls inclusion in academic activities during menstrual cycles.
This is coming as part of events to mark the 2022 International Day of the Girl Child on Tuesday in Bauchi.
As per a NAN report, while unveiling the pad banks, the Chairperson of FOMWAN Health Committee in Bauchi, Fatsuma Mohammed, said the facility would be domiciled and sustained in the schools clinics.
She said that the association had two separate schools from nursery to secondary, hence the need to support girls to complete secondary education.
According to her, the bank will ensure that girls remained in school during their monthly cycles thereby having equal opportunity to learn.
“FOMWAN has two schools in the metropolis; hence the bank will be inaugurated simultaneously.
“Girls are not comfortable in school during their menstrual cycle; FOMWAN established this bank to ensure that during this period they attend classes and access the sanitary pad while in school,” she said.
In her keynote address, Chairperson of the association, Habiba Sa'ad said that FOMWAN would champion the girl-child celebration, adding that Islam had honour for the girl-child.
“We should be at the forefront of celebrating girls because Islam has honour for the girl child and offer Janna to anyone who trains two girls to maturity,” she said.
Sa’ad implored the students to access the facility to ensure that all girls remained in school for equal academic opportunities.