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University raises awareness against the stigma of menstruation

A private school in Domboshava, on the outskirts of Harare, has built an incinerator to safely manage menstrual waste and promote hygienic practices.

Makumbe Hilltop College officials revealed as the institution celebrated International Menstrual Hygiene Day to raise awareness against the stigma of menstruation.

Makumbe Hilltop College Co-Principal Eva Mutizwa urged other stakeholders to address the stigma associated with menstruation.

The commemoration of Menstrual Hygiene Day had as its motto “a period-friendly world.”

“We recognized the challenges girls face during their menstrual cycles and wanted to provide them with a safe and dignified way to manage their hygiene,” Mutizwa said.

“By prioritizing menstrual hygiene, we not only improve health and well-being, but also empower our students to reach their full potential.”

Mutizwa said they built an incinerator to burn used sanitary clothing.

“Talking about menstruation was once a taboo topic, but times have changed. With a growing population of girls, we prioritize creating a safe and supportive environment where they feel encouraged to openly discuss issues that affect them.” , said.

“By building an incinerator, our goal is to reduce the stigma and discomfort associated with menstrual waste disposal and create a healthier, more supportive environment for our students.”


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