When your special needs daughter gets her period

When your special needs daughter gets her period

From the time my daughter was born with Down syndrome thirteen years ago, my biggest concern was what would happen when she got her period.  I have learned over the years that I am not alone when it comes to parental worry on this subject. Let me stress up front that I am not a […]

Common questions your girl-child may ask about menstruation

Common questions your girl-child may ask about menstruation

Kids — both girls and boys — often have lots of questions about menstruation, such as the following: How come only girls have periods? Explain that boys change in different ways during puberty, like the deepening of their voices and the growth of facial hair. Getting her period means a girl can have a baby. […]

Preparing the girl-child for her first period/menstruation

Preparing the girl-child for her first period/menstruation

The start of menstruation is a major event in a girl’s life. Some girls greet those first drops of blood with joy or relief, while others feel bewildered and scared. Whatever the reaction, the arrival of the first period holds the same meaning for every girl: It’s proof that she’s becoming a woman. On average, […]

Using WaSH facilities for addressing Gender inequities in rural African schools

Using WaSH facilities for addressing Gender inequities in rural African schools

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the first time include a target to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, with specific attention on the needs of women and girls. With this newly found international attention, the time has arrived to address WaSH challenges in schools. Evidence shows that investing in […]

Six ways to empower the girl-child in rural Africa

Six ways to empower the girl-child in rural Africa

To recognize International Women’s Day, here are five easy ways to make a huge difference in the lives of the girl-child in Africa. These empowerment approaches are applicable to all women around the world. 1. Giving to the mothers The first 1,000 days of a child’s life — from conception to age 2 — are the most critical.  You can help […]

Empowering youths for sustainable economic development

Common questions your girl-child may ask about menstruation

Janet Awo is the founder of Peculiar Teens/Youth Development Foundation (PETFOND), based in Portharcourt. The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree holder from Rivers State University and currently in the Nigerian Law School is a youth development, women and girls rights advocate. She was also a former director of welfare, Niger Delta Students Union Government. She […]