Schoolgirls in Ghana have reportedly been banned from crossing a river while on their period– and on Tuesdays, BBC reports.
The ban, given by a local river god, has outraged children’s activists, especially as girls must cross the river to reach school.
If the ban remains, girls in the Upper Denkyira East district, in the Central Region, could miss out on their education.
Unicef’s menstrual hygiene ambassador, Shamima Muslim Alhassan told BBC Pidgin that the ban, which applies to part of the River Ofin, violated 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.”
There have been many indications from several Organizations to fight against such discriminatory barriers.
In Madagascar, some females are told not to wash during their periods and in Nepal some women are forced to sleep in huts away from the rest of the family.