Around 20% of the young women from the secondary schools of the bateyes and sugar communities of Monte Plata lose between two and three days of classes per month how much they have menstruation due to lack of access to sanitary napkins.

This was revealed by a study prepared by the Initiative for the Empowerment of Women, a project of the American non-governmental organization for humanitarian aid, Batey Relief Alliance (BRA), which is carried out in collaboration with the Maternal and Child Health program (MCH, for its acronym in English).

The research explains that another 4.6% of the female students are absent four or more dayssa monthly teaching because it is difficult for them to find this personal hygiene product.

To obtain the data from the aforementioned study carried out between May and July of this year, they surveyed 716 students from 22 high school schools in rural areas of this province.

The president-founder of BRA, Dr. Ulrick Gaillard, stated that of the 716 students who answered the survey, 51.2% were female and 48.8% were male, and that of the corresponding amount of female sex, some 367 were equivalent to 53.3%. , they answered do not have access to sanitary pads when they need them and 63.6% reported that it is difficult to find products for menstruation.

He stated that when the male students of “If girls have to go to school during their menstrual period”, 65.2% of the young people who completed the survey answered that “They should stay home”Most of the 400 students revealed that they learned about menstruation from their mothers (42%), followed by their male or female teachers (23%).

The founder of Batey Relief Alliance pointed out that 15.3% of the boys revealed that no one has instructed them on the subject of the period.

“In 2018, the Batey Relief Alliance launched the BRA Women’s Empowerment Initiative, an intervention focused on community development through a holistic platform that offers training and microloans to women and girls, complemented by access to health mother and child, nutrition, drinking water, primary and HIV care, medicines, multivitamins and preventive health education, thus promoting the 2030 agenda through the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal number 5 and Gender Equality ”, added the doctor Gaillard.

He emphasized that to date “this project has distributed micro loans to more than 500 women who live in the Monte Plata bateyes to develop their micro agricultural and business projects, as promoters of community health and essential services so that they can achieve economic stability, combat gender violence and develop their homes and communities ”.


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