Menopause is typically experienced by women in their 40s and beyond and can greatly impact both physical and mental health. Despite celebrities such as Davina McCall and Meg Mathews using their platforms to share their experiences to open up conversations and reduce the stigma surrounding it, there is still work to be done.
In a bid to combat this phenomenon, a Nigerian entrepreneur, Chika Nwaogu, co-founder and executive director of PadHer, a Lagos-based women-led nonprofit is making it free, fun, easy, and comfortable teaching young African school girls from under-served communities about periods and puberty using comic books.
“There were times when I would know that there were certain things I could not do, but I didn't really know why a lot of my complications from sickle cell didn't really come until I was a little bit older. After surviving a stroke at the age of 13, and then I had to stop having blood transfusions, that was the start of my journey living with an invisible illness, needing a hip replacement at the age of 25 and experiencing a number of other complications caused by sickle cell, I was motivated to make a change for the next generation."