Liberia: ​​CRS Breaks Gender Taboo in 4 Vulnerable Rural Communities in Grand Bassa County

 CRS distributed huge quantities of reusable menstrual hygiene pads among the women  

More than five hundred women in Grand Bassa County have received menstrual hygiene pads, thanks to Catholic Relief Services.

The presentation was part of World Menstrual Hygiene Day events celebrated every year on May 28. The initiative, which ended over last weekend, July 1, was part of the Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations organized by CRS in Little Bassa, Edina, Big Joe Town, and James Henry Town, Grand Bassa County.

The group distributed huge quantities of reusable menstrual hygiene pads among the women. An intern at the Catholic Relief Services, Gilda Freeman said the gesture aims to create more awareness and education on poor menstrual hygiene. 

“We know that many women are not aware of menstrual hygiene and we think all of you should be educated about it,” she said.

Freeman called on women to make use of the opportunity by being educated about menstrual hygiene and perfectly use the menstrual hygiene pads. Also speaking, the CRS Gender Focal Person, Comfort Sawyer Baysah, mentioned that they are currently working in eight counties on different educational programs for women.

Baysah noted that they are engaging donors to enable them to initiate more programs in Grand Bassa.

“We will not rest until we engage Donors to help in order for us to move to every part of Bassa and across Liberia, to distribute menstrual hygiene pads,” she said. 

Meanwhile, several partners including the Ministry of Gender, National WASH Commission, and the Office of the Vice President, pledged their commitment to work with CRS in implementing more programs in the country.

The Office of the Vice President appreciated the work of CRS in Liberia.  “We appreciate CRS for helping our people. This initiative will help a lot of women especially and I want to encourage them to keep doing so,” said Grace Scotland Briamah, representing the Office of the Vice President.

The project participants expressed their excitement and appreciated the CRS Liberia for distributing reusable pads and  breaking gender taboo by including men in Menstrual hygiene education.