Girls are banned from crossing a river while they are menstruating - or if it is a Tuesday - on the orders of a 'river god' in Ghana
- The divine order also forbids girls crossing the River Ofin in Ghana on Tuesdays
- Unicef menstrual hygiene ambassador Shamima Muslim Alhassan attacked ban
- She said it is violating girls' right to an education and called for 'accountability'
Girls in Ghana have been banned from crossing a river while having their period after a command was reportedly given by the waterway's 'god'.
The divine order also forbids girls crossing the River Ofin in the Ashanti region of the African country on Tuesdays.
It means that half the children in the area - the Upper Denkyira East district - are likely to lose time at school as a consequence.
It means that half the children in the area - the Upper Denkyira East district - are likely to lose time at school as a consequence. Pictured: A stock image of Ghanaian schoolgirls
Speaking to BBC Pidgin, Unicef menstrual hygiene ambassador Shamima Muslim Alhassan said the godly directive was a violation of girls' right to an 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.'
A World Bank report claims as many as 11.5 million women in Ghana - a country of about 28 million people - have no access to necessary sanitation facilities.
Meanwhile Unesco has estimated that 10 per cent of girls in the region do not attend school because they are menstruating.
Now regional minister Kwamena Duncan is set to meet with the local Ashanti minister to discuss the problem.
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