Stanbic Bank, working in partnership with nonprofit Inspire Today, gave out sanitary pads to 1,000 teenage girls in Gbawe Methodist Basic Schools ( I, II, and III) and Gonse Basic School II, all of which are within the Gbawe Cluster of Schools in Accra. Beneficiaries also received a gift package of deodorants, shaving sticks, soaps and school supplies.
The donations were part of a nationwide movement to support female leaders through concerted efforts at achieving the SDG 3 (Establish Good Health and Well-Being) and SDG 5 (Enforce Gender Equality). Ms. Linda Ebale, Communications Officer at Stanbic Bank, described the bank’s partnership with Inspire Today as necessary.
“We couldn’t say no to Inspire Today when they approached us to support these young girls because our goals are aligned. Our commitment to supporting girls and women across Ghana is key to us because we want to close the gap regarding access to education between girls and boys. Girls should not be missing school in a 21st century because of menstruation, it is not acceptable.”Ms. Linda Ebale | Communications Officer at Stanbic Bank
Founder of Inspire Today Foundation Ms. Etornam Sey observed that in a country where some 9 million citizens survived on GHS5 a day, it would be difficult to expect young women to pay between GH¢5 and GH¢8 cedis for sanitary pads. Ms. Sey provided grim statistics about access to female hygiene supplies among female students in the Gbawe Cluster of Schools.
“About 95 percent of the 1,000 teenage girls in the Gbawe Cluster of Schools here in Accra have never used sanitary pads. From pieces of cloth to tissue paper and the likes, the girls have to improvise as the price of sanitary pads continue to rise…The conversation is currently ongoing on whether or not to take off the 20 percent tax on sanitary pads, while we are at it, these girls are bleeding every day and we cannot sit by and watch, we have to help.”Ms. Etornam Sey | Founder of Inspire Today Foundation
Ms. Sey called on philanthropic businesses, organizations and individuals to come on board and support this cause.
Inspire Today Foundation is a social intervention and network organization nurturing a nationwide movement of female leaders who believe that every teenage girl deserves a dignified menstruation experience irrespective of their socio-economic background and geographical location.