Monrovia — Amidst the lack of quick access to 'Sanitary Pads' mainly by young school-going Liberian girls as well as others females in the country, President George M. Weah and First Lady Clar M. Weah are considering the possibility of ensuring a mass production of the hygienic content locally.
To ensure that this dream comes to fruition, President Weah and the First Lady have pledged to provide two Sanitary Pad making machines (Semi/Fully Automatic Sanitary Pad Machines) to enhance the production of the essential hygienic material in the country.
The move, which stands to be a great help to Liberia's female population as being initiated by Mr. and Mrs. Weah, will accordingly be channeled through the Clar Hope Foundation and the philanthropic entity Merck Foundation.
The President and the First Lady made the commitment in Monrovia on Wednesday at the launch of the 'She's You' Menstrual Personal Hygiene Initiative. The program is a personal initiative of First Lady Weah.
In the wake of the initiative, President Weah has stressed the need for an open discussion amongst young men and women at various public facilities and on media platforms considering the fact that the issue of stigmatization and conflict usually occur during menstrual periods amongst young females, even the married ones.
"I hope you are thinking about creating more awareness on this matter if so we will sponsor the program be it on the television, radio and public places to ensure that the issues of stigmatization on menstruation and HIV & AIDS ate been reduced on our young women," the Liberian leader emphasized.
"I am glad to be a part of this initiative and I wish we have more men in the hall so that they can understand and be educated and also know why women behave the way they behave in their homes to men while seeing their periods," he maintained.
He observed that homes are breaking apart because of "this natural thing called menstruation period," adding, "people are married for 10 years and still don't understand each other."
"When the man comes from work and wants to touch his wife, the woman will say don't touch me my period is here," President Weah explained, noting, "as a woman you can cook, you can kiss, you can lean on your husband don't see him as a bogeyman in the house during this period."
Also speaking, Madam Weah told the gathering that she was attending the ceremony to express her solidarity and support to Liberian women and girls, especially those with disability to lead and guard them in advancing their personal hygiene to ensure that they become productive for tomorrow.
"It was saddened to know in conversation with women and girls in the rural areas that they can use cloths during their menstruation period because of the lack of sanitary pad and due to the cost of it in Liberia," she explained.
"Please join me to thank Dr. Rasha Kelej of the Merck Foundation for her generosity by giving one of the Sanitary Pad machines which is expected in country soon for massive production of sanitary pads in Liberia and will be distributed free of charge to girls," said First Lady Weah.
She disclosed that her office is intending to begin 'She's Is You Health Clubs' at various schools in Liberia that will serve as a conduit to implement the 'She Is You' personal hygiene initiative in Liberia.