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April 19, 2024
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Poverty summit, happening right here in Lagos!

On Wednesday, a Summit addressing period poverty was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Themed “Innovative Solutions to Combat Period Poverty in Nigeria” and organised by Safety For Every Girl (SFEG), the summit coincided with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day 2024.

Period poverty is a widespread health concern that describes the inaccessibility to menstrual products, education, and sanitation facilities. Additionally, it can also signify the financial instability that women and girls experience due to the high cost of menstrual supplies.

SFEG, a non-governmental organisation committed to eradicating period poverty, expressed delight at hosting Africa’s first-ever Period Summit.

The event aimed to address period poverty, initiate crucial conversations, raise awareness, and propose tailored solutions for the Nigerian context.

During the summit, attendees had the opportunity to delve into a spectrum of women’s health issues, including menstrual health and the economic consequences of period poverty. Influential voices led the insightful discussions, thought leaders, business executives, and gender equality advocates.

Chioma Nwigwe, Founder of SFEG and Convener of the Period Summit, expressed her dedication to raising awareness of the dangers of period poverty and closing the gap for vulnerable teenage girls and women across Nigeria.

She emphasised the need for action, stating, “Women have either been ignored or regulated in the conversation about period poverty. It is time to take action and establish pathways for better access to menstrual hygiene products. It is time to create a new normal for young girls and women because menstrual health is essential to overall well-being.”


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