Women working at a cheese factory in Kenya were forced to undress to show if they were on their period.
A female manager at Brown’s Food Company gathered female workers to find out which one of them had thrown a used sanitary towel in the wrong bin, and made them strip after no one confessed.
She has been suspended pending an investigation and three people have been arrested for indecent assault charges, police in Limuru told local media.
In a statement Brown’s Food Company said: ‘As a result of the shocking incident at the company we have begun internal investigations to assess exactly what happen, why and how we can adequately reconcile with the employees who were affected by this distressing unilateral decision of the manger that were on site on the day of the incident.They were immediately suspended.
A female manager at at Brown’s Food Company gathered female workers to find out which one of them had thrown a used sanitary towel in the wrong bin
Senator Gloria Orwoba, who is an advocate for removing period shame, said she was told about the incident on Monday night during a ‘distress call’
Brown’s Food Company (pictured) said the manager was dismissed immediately after the incident became known
‘We are directly engaging with Senator Gloria Orwoba – who is known to champion Menstrual Hygiene Management as well as ending period shaming and period poverty in Kenya – to learn from her how best to implement a Menstrual Hygiene Management policy.We have been listening and we know we must do better.’
In a video posted online Senator Gloria Orwoba said she was told about the incident on Monday night during a ‘distress call’.
She said: ‘[A manager] had found a used sanitary towel in one of the bins, and from what I gather, that dustbin was not meant for the disposal of sanitary towels. [She] needed to find out who was on their period so that she could punish the person that threw the sanitary .
Her mother said a teacher had called her ‘dirty’ for soiling her uniform and ordered her to leave the class in Kabiangek, west of the capital Nairobi.
‘She had nothing to use as a pad.When the blood stained her clothes, she was told to leave the classroom and stand outside,’ the mother was quoted as saying in Kenyan media.
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