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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Sanitary pads should be provided for girls

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Dear editor,

The issue I want to address is this, I know we might have different opinions on this but am entitled to my thoughts in as much as you’re. We’re in the 21st century so it must have some influence on us in most ways, starting from the way we speak, walk, think even to the way we interact with other people and that includes our lifestyle.

It’s really a common occurrence for a guy to just hit up a nurse friend of his and ask for some CD and which in this case means “Condom” and he’ll easily get as much as he pleases. Am very sure that this is made possible (the easy access to CDs even if you can’t make it to a pharmacy) by the fight against HIV/AIDS by various international bodies such a the WHO, NAS amongst others.

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Now let’s take a look on the other side of the coin, if CDs are very accessible to guys, why can’t sanitary pads be that accessible to females in need? Perhaps it’s news to you now but ‘we’ are facing problems on getting the best sanitary pads out of the market. You may be seeing a bunch of them but doing a little research on them, then you realise we’re being harmed in some ways by the ones that are easily accessible to us.

How many of us walk in a supermarket to buy the top quality pads or even guys buying it for their wives or sisters? Honestly, we all know the answer to that question, very few of us do. Now with that, think about the girls in the provinces. They’re girls too, too young with a future that holds too many things for them. How can we risk their lives with so much gynae cases when we’re very sure the access to a gynaecologist is very hard for them so they’ll just have to live up with those diseases, which might end up leading to some congenital cases, or not speaking up because they’re avoiding to be stigmatised by the society or worst of all, they don’t even know the effects of these sanitary pads they’re using (that’s if they’re even using sanitary pads and not some pieces of cloths), but then you can’t blame them much because the awareness is lacking somewhere.

Well it’s not like I am being an activist here but these few words are worth giving a momentary thought. Our lives matter, their lives matter too.

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Oumie Gaye

The ever interesting Gambia!

Dear editor,

Apparently, the motion has been moved from plastic rice to the removal of the statue, to which, exist two robust defence camps!
Camp A – Includes the royal clerics, defending its irreligious attributions!
To the defenders of this camp, I would say that politics and religion are two parallel waves running at the same speed.
Camp B – Comprises the professors of social justice who are firm on erasing events of the past, relating the removal to those of Saddam, Hitler, Chavez et al!
To the Profs, I humbly remind that memories of the past are age mates to the world hence can never be erased.
For sure mankind often forget without regret that they are only custodians and not owners of any worldly existence including their own body which is always donated to the ants upon dying!
And indeed it will be very impolite to say that they should bring down the Arch with numerous others as well, as part of erasing memories of the past regime but will be good to ask the defenders in both camps about the possibility of erasing the period “1994 – 2016” from the Gambian calendar and build a worship centre as victory to the achievement of the former?
Moreover, it will also be good to know how many of the royal clerics are ready to start or have started an advocacy for the raining down of the Luther King and Mandela statues at least with a social media campaign. Not even rhetorically asking how many of them have taken and/or are dying to take pictures with those statues.
In fact it is an open secret, to know that acquisition of the understanding; that the real taste of the beauty of history is better appreciated several years after the encapsulation of its building (regardless of categorization), can often be more challenging than a thesis defence to the finest educationalist battling emotions!
Hence there is need to lower the temperature of the heart while energising the brain for the challenge of emotions – a battle not won by all warriors!
And finally to the elite professors, knowing how they did get to still know about Chavez, Hitler, Saddam et al even after years of removal of their statues and after their demise can also serve history well.
One thing to note about the uniqueness of history is that, you either make good use of it or it do the opposite!
Until then, I shall wait to hear what the defenders would say on arrival of an inevitable replacement currently on board the train!

Muhammed Teks Tekanyi

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