After weeks of tirelessly pushing for improved menstrual health management policies in the country, renowned media personality Janet Mbugua has decided to take a break from social media.
The former Citizen TV news anchor communicated her temporary exit from social media on her Instagram page thanking all those that took part in campaigning and signing for improved menstrual health management services.
"It’s been such an incredible week! A lot of it spent online and now it’s time to be present offline, at least for a bit. A huge thank you to you who’ve participated in such key conversations around social issues, particularly on health and gender rights. A special thanks to those who’ve signed and shared my petition. Let’s get more signatures on there! The more the voices, the better the progress. I’m bummed that I won’t make it to the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver this year, due to unavoidable circumstances. For our national champions going, like @nicelengete and @josephinekulea among others, make us proud! To all of you, Happy Madaraka Day 2019, see you all soon!” she wrote.
Improved Menstrual Health Management Petition
May 28 being Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD), a day dedicated to advocating for women’s right to a hygienic, safe, private and dignified menstruation, Janet Mbugua seized the opportunity and started a campaign geared towards improved Menstrual Health Management.
Through a statement, Janet called for more action on matters women.
“As we count down to Menstrual Health Management Day on May 28 (tomorrow), I demand more action and progress towards improved MHM in Kenya.
Every day, women and girls who lack the income and access to afford sanitary products face significant barriers, including insufficient education about MHM and inadequate access to quality, low-cost products,” she said.
Janet consequently petitioned parliament to improve on the Menstrual Health Management Policy in Kenya to ensure adequate MHM services to all women in the country.
With support from her social media family, the petition got enough votes and is on its way to parliament.
Janet’s passion for matters women
For Janet Mbugua women welfare is a topic close to her heart and for this she founded an organization by the name Inua Dada back in 2013 after Citizen TV aired an emotive feature titled “Period of Shame” that highlighted the trouble primary school girls had to go through to access sanitary that forced them to improvise with rags and chicken feathers during menstruation.
With the help of the First Lady of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, Inua Dada’s sanitary towel distribution drive was able to distribute sanitary towels to thousands of school girls in Baringo County and has continued to do so in other parts of the country.