Nominated Member of the Mombasa County Assembly Moses Aran Oindo is on the limelight for noble reason.
Mr. Aran famously known as Civilizer has boldly joined the ongoing menstrual hygiene campaign in Mombasa with an aim of safeguarding girls from exploitation and to some extent sexual abuse for not able to afford sanitary towels.
Aran together with women organisation Usaidizi Women and Girl-Child Society has made a unique gesture in ensuring girl from humble background and in slums get the necessary need.
“Men needs to be in the forefront in securing the girl child on this issue, let’s not shy away but join the noble course,” said Mr. Aran
He said lack of sanitary towels among girls especially in the peri-urban setup has resulted into most of them being sexually exploited.
“Some of the young girls lack this basic need, this as well contributes to pregnancies among school going children,” he said.
Aran appealed for concerted efforts in averting early pregnancies in Mombasa and the entire Coast region.
The program has seen girls within Mombasa slum areas benefiting from the initiative.
[Mombasa County Assembly Nominated MCA Moses Aran Oindo (centre) during sanitary towels distribution. Photo/ courtesy].
Mr. Aran said since not all girls can afford the important hygiene towels the program remains critical in safeguarding the girl child.
“Some of these girls depended upon well-wishers who distributed sanitary pads in schools and with the interruption of school calendar these girls are currently stranded,” noted the youthful MCA.
Statistics shows that menstruation causes Kenyan adolescent girls to lose an average of 3.5 million learning days per month.
UNESCO estimates that one in 10 adolescent girls in Kenya miss school during menses and eventually drop out because of menstruation-related issues, such as the inaccessibility of affordable sanitary protection, the social taboos related to menstruation, and the culture of silence that surrounds it.