Kenyan Schoolgirl Commits Suicide For Period Shaming
A Kenyan schoolgirl reportedly died by suicide last week after a teacher allegedly period-shamed her for bleeding through her pants and kicked her out of class. The Kenyan schoolgirl was 14 year old Jackline Chepngeno.
Jackline Chepngeno, reportedly got her period for the first time last Friday while attending school in Kabiangek, a region in southwestern Kenya, local outlet the Daily Nation reported. The girl did not have a sanitary pad readily available and bled through her pants.
The Kenyan Schoolgirl Didn’t Have A Pad For Her First Period
Koech told the Daily Nation that the teacher taunted her daughter for getting her period and called her “dirty.”
“She had nothing to use as a pad. When the blood stained her clothes, she was told to leave the classroom and stand outside,” Koech said.
Local police told BBC the girl’s death is currently under investigation.
Female members of Parliament came together on Wednesday to protest. This was at the at the Ministry of Education in the wake of the girl’s death.
“Together with fellow Women MPs, we’ve laid siege at the Ministry of Education in protest of the 14 year old girl who committed suicide after a female teacher publicly ridiculed her for soiling her clothes with her [period],” MP Esther Passaris tweeted.
Kenyan Legislature Is Now In On The Matter
Resource: The Guardian