KANYAMA MP CALLS FOR ACTION TO END MENSTRUAL HYGIENE STIGMA

Lusaka, Saturday (June 1, 2024)

Kanyama Member of Parliament Monty Chinkuli has called on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to intensify efforts in sensitizing citizens about menstrual hygiene. 

Speaking during the Menstrual Hygiene Day event held in Lusaka, Mr Chinkuli emphasized the need to eradicate the stigma associated with menstruation.

Mr Chinkuli commended NGOs for heeding President Hakainde Hichilema’s call to embrace the 8th National Development Plan. 

He said the President had urged all stakeholders to take ownership of the plan to ensure its successful implementation. 

Mr Chinkuli emphasized that NGOs play a crucial role in achieving this goal.

The Lawmaker highlighted the importance of holding the government accountable for menstrual hygiene management. 

He expressed concern about the prevalence of non-biodegradable menstrual hygiene products, which harm the environment. 

During his recent inspection of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) projects, Mr Chinkuli encountered an NGO distributing menstrual hygiene pads to beneficiaries, particularly pupils. 

He, however, revealed that women approached him with complaints that the distributed pads were non-biodegradable. 

The MP said the pads, when discarded, posed challenges for water well digging due to their environmental impact.

Mr Chinkuli urged collaboration between NGOs and manufacturers to address this issue. 

“We need to engage those producing these items. By working together, stakeholders can explore eco-friendly alternatives and promote sustainable menstrual hygiene practices,” he asserted. 

This is contained in a statement issued by Zambia NGO WASH Forum National Coordinator Bubala Muyovwe-Mumba.

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