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Menstruating girls banned from crossing Ghana river

Ghanaian schoolgirls have been banned from crossing a river while they are menstruating – and on Tuesdays.

The ban, apparently given by a local river god, has outraged children’s activists, especially as girls must cross the river to reach school.

The UN’s scientific and education organisation, Unesco, estimates one in 10 girls in the region does not attend school because they are menstruating, while a World Bank report notes that 11.5m Ghanaian women lack the appropriate hygiene and sanitation management facilities needed.

Unicef’s menstrual hygiene ambassador Shamima Muslim Alhassan told BBC Pidgin that the directive, which applies to part of the River Ofin, violated girls’ right to education.

“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.”

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