Menstruation-The untold story of Chisumbanje girls

Young girls in Zimbabwe have resorted to using unhygienic sanitary towels such as rags, bits of paper and sometimes even fresh grass during their menstrual periods as they cannot afford sanitary pads due to poverty. These aren’t exactly leak proof methods. Worrying about embarrassing leaks at school is something that keeps girls from attending during their period most importantly deprives them of personal dignity.

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The Plight of the Girl Child in Tertiary Institutions… The ‘Blesser- Blessee’ Moment

“Life away from home is tough. It is even tougher when you factor in the demands of university life. I am from a poor background and can’t afford a laptop. Lecturers demand that our assignments be typed and printed before they can be handed in. Now, to do that requires money; at least $5 per assignment. You may be doing 6 or 7 modules per semester. That is almost $40, and that amount is just too steep for me,” said Vivian, a Development Studies final year student at the MSU Zvishavane campus.

She sits stone-faced on the college bench. A million and one thoughts are racing through her mind. She has overdue assignments and she has just spent her last coins on a bun and maheu which will serve as her breakfast and lunch. She has nothing else left with her to print the assignments so that she can hand them in for marking.

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