Menstruating school girls banned from crossing river in Ghana

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Children’s rights activists have been outraged by an order issued preventing menstruating school girls from crossing a river in Ghana. 

Girls in the Upper Denkyira East district, in the Central Region, have been banned from crossing River Offin, which serves as a boundary between the Ashanti and Central Region. The girls need to cross the river in order to reach school.

The ban was reportedly issued by a local river god.

But Shamima Muslim Alhassan, a Unicef menstrual hygiene ambassador, disagreed with the ban, telling BBC Pidgin that it violated the girls’ right to education.

“It seems the gods are really powerful aren’t they?” she said.

“Sometimes I think that we need to ask for some form of accountability from these gods who continue to bar a lot of things from happening, to account for how they have used the tremendous power that we have given them,” she added.

BBC Pidgin reports that Central Region’s Minister, Kwamena Duncan, indicated that he would coordinate with the Ashanti regional minister to find a solution.

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