First Woman Diani Prince Drew joins first girls at menstrual hygiene initiative on the sidelines of CARICOM Heads Convention

In a collaborative effort to deal with interval poverty and promote menstrual hygiene, First Woman Diani Prince-Drew, alongside First Women Eloise Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Ann Marie Davis of The Bahamas, had been honored company on the Menstrual Hygiene Initiative spearheaded by First Woman Arya Ali of Guyana. 

The initiative occurred on February 26, 2024, on the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana, coinciding with the Forty-Sixth Common Assembly of the CARICOM Heads Convention.

First Women Arya Ali of Guyana, Diani Prince-Drew of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Eloise Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Ann Marie Davis of The Bahamas, and different attendees on the Menstrual Hygiene Initiative occasion on the Umana Yana in Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana.

Championing menstrual hygiene throughout the Caribbean

Since its inception in September 2021, the Menstrual Hygiene Initiative, championed by the Workplace of the First Woman of Guyana, has been dedicated to eradicating interval poverty within the area. 

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First Woman Ali’s imaginative and prescient goals to make sure that each lady has entry to important menstrual hygiene merchandise, emphasizing the significance of dignity and inclusivity.

Highlighting ongoing challenges

Throughout the occasion, First Woman Ali make clear the persistent challenges, together with the shortage of entry to assets and amenities for managing menstrual cycles amongst Caribbean women. 

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She underscored the influence of stigma on cultural perceptions surrounding menstruation, usually ensuing within the exclusion of women and undermining their confidence and social standing.

Pressing name to motion

First Woman Prince-Drew echoed the urgency of destigmatizing discussions round menstrual hygiene and figuring out interval poverty as a urgent difficulty affecting susceptible females. 

She praised First Woman Ali’s initiative for its important influence on the lives of 1000’s of girls and women, emphasizing the necessity for advocacy and engagement to safeguard their well-being.

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Dedication to ladies’s empowerment

Famend for her dedication to the humanities, social justice, and empowering ladies, First Woman Prince-Drew expressed her dedication to ladies’s empowerment in her adopted house of Saint Kitts and Nevis. 

She pledged help to non-governmental and charitable organizations working in these areas.

Based on First Woman Ali, the Menstrual Hygiene Initiative has yearly offered over 32,000 schoolgirls with free sanitary pads, guaranteeing accessibility no matter socioeconomic background or geographic location.