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Its time to break taboos on menstrual health

Kenya requires meaningful and sustained conversation to break taboos on menstrual health to help women unlock their economic and educational opportunities.

Mrembo Empowerment Center Founder, Stellamaris Mwende has called on local leaders to take a leading role in helping break the chains holding back women from actively participating in economic development.

“We can no longer tolerate speaking in undertones on the scourge at the expense of our girls and economic development. The time for action is now,” she said.

She spoke at her Nairobi Empowerment Centre to mark the Menstrual Hygiene Day 2019 celebrations.

This year’s theme is “It’s Time for Action” clearly indicating the urgency of addressing menstrual health issues around the world.

The day highlights strides made to improve menstrual hygiene and suggests new and progressive ways governments, NGOs and corporates can work together to improve the lives of women.

Most women live in poor socio-economic environments that lacks basic sanitation facilities for young girls and women of menstruating age.

“Kenya is no exception with a majority of women living in informal settlements unable to access safe materials to manage their situation,” said Mwende.

About 65 percent of women and girls in Kenya are unable to afford sanitary pads, according to a study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Collaboration will press for progress in gender equality

Mrembo Foundation is calling for more collaboration and support of innovative ideas to press for progress in bridging the gender equality gap in Africa.

The foundation's leadership has said the time is now to press forward without complacency and make positive changes in key areas where gaping holes threatened efforts to bridging the empowerment gap.

“We need to put more emphasis on education, health and improve political standing for women, these are strategic and critical areas that have potential to push us closer to where women need to be to drive economic development,” said Stella Marosi, Founder of Mrembo Foundation.

The latest World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report which measured gender inequality found that we are still 200 years away from gender parity.

The gaps were in four main themes studied: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, Political Empowerment.

At Mrembo Empowerment Centre we train young vulnerable women on technical skills in hair care, make-up application, financial management and family planning in a six-month program aimed at empowering them.

“We want them to be better people, have a place they can practice what they have been taught, earn something for themselves and become socially and economically empowered,” said Mrs. Marosi.

This is in line with our mission; to improve the socio-economic status of victims of commercial sex work, domestic violence survivors and single mothers by equipping them with sufficient and dynamic skills set to restore their dignity and build self-sustenance.

Top 5 ways to prevent breast cancer [VIDEO]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month, Mrembo Empowerment Centre encourages you to get screened for Breast Cancer today!

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Top 5 ways to prevent breast cancer

1) Nutrition: Eat 5 or more fruit servings daily
2) Screening: Get a mammogram annually from age 40
3) Physical activity: Ensure you exercise frequently
4) Avoid alcohol: Alcohol intake increases risk 1.5 times
5) Watch your weight: Weight gain has been linked to cancer