As a way of marking this year’s menstrual hygiene day – May 28 Menstrual Hygiene Day – PadManAfrica, convened by Chaste Inegbedion organised the PeriodCong2018Lagos, bringing together different organisations, individuals, professionals, stakeholders and students from different walks of life to discuss, educate one another and learn about menstruation and other menstrual related issues. This year’s theme was “No more limit for the girl child in Nigeria” and the one day event was set to address menstrual hygiene management practices in relation to health, education, economic and psychosocial outcome in Nigeria.
Different panels with different speakers were set up to address different aspects to menstruation as it’s an overall occurrence that affects the female life all-round. On one of the panel was Mr Lasisi popularly known as Lasisi elenu, who shared his experience growing up with his mum and sisters and having to understand the menstrual cycle and at the end concluded and made the recommendation that everyone – both male and female from the age they can understand their bodies as early as 5years old, including adolescents and adults – should be taught or educated about menstruation and the right approach to it.
On the panel discussion addressing the social innovation concerning menstruation was the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, also the diplomatic host of the event – Laure Beaufils – who also shared her personal experience growing up and starting menstruation in her household, how people shy away from an occurrence that is natural and a part of our lives and she read some core part of the publication by Duchess of Sussex on “how periods affects potentials”. After which eco-friendly pads and board games designed to educate on menstrual hygiene were given out to the students and youths present at the conference.
Other groups and organisations represented at the event was Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN Lagos), Susty Vibes, Climate Wednesday, PROTEGEE FOUNDATION, Budgitt, Novarosta Travels, African Travel Markets, Lagos State College of Health Technology, Yaba LCDA, Shenomics Africa, Décor Nigeria, The Sanitary Aid Initiative and so on discussing on how technology, fashion, responsible tourism, travels, climate, labour and employment, education, economy and many more factors affect, are affected by and are a part of the social innovation surrounding menstruation.