The National Democratic Congress (NDC) as part of their mission to promote gender inclusivity in Ghana’s education system has promised to provide free sanitary pads to schoolgirls below the age of 20 should they be voted into power come December.
Running Mate of the Party, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang made this known at the NDC’s 2020 Manifesto launch held at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
According to her, thousands of young girls miss as many as 5 days of school every month simply because they cannot afford sanitary pads, an “unacceptable” and “unfair” situation she said the NDC seeks to remedy.
“So we will provide free sanitary pads for girls to ensure a perfectly natural, perfectly normal part of their life’s functioning does not become a barrier to education and a better life. So we would focus on girls under 20 who are in school,” she said.
According to Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, issues of lack of access to sanitary pads should be a thing of the past.
She said: “This is a problem we should have left behind in the last century and which we tried to address in our last government. Our opposition ridiculed this idea, but then let us hope the lessons of governance have made them much much wiser.”