Homa Bay County first lady launched the Menstrual Hygiene Day, a global event to promote the menstrual hygiene management of adolescent girls and women.
Homa Bay joined the list of counties marking the day to raise awareness of the challenges school girls face during their menstruation.
“I am delighted that the program we are launching today will serve to benefit both adolescent girls and women in this County,” said Mrs Awiti.
The county first lady challenged the community to stop cultural inclinations on menstrual hygiene and sexuality issues and view it as a natural process that every woman and girl undergoes.
She lauded the recent initiatives by Kenya First Ladies Association, Kenya Red Cross Society, African cotton industry and all local partners for spearheading the project.
Rocila Awiti donated boxes of sanitary towels and soaps to 5 schools namely; Ogande girls, Ogande mixed secondary schools, Pap Ndege primary and Secondary schools and Lieta Kabunde primary school.
She said the county expects another consignment of sanitary pads from Nairobi to cater for the girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.
She was accompanied by County Director of Education Mrs. Margret Mwandale, Homabay Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Chuck Masua and County chief officer for education Eunice Owino.