Donation restores learners’ dignity

2017-09-06 06:00
Liberty partnered with Martha Bartlett, MEC of Education, in her sanitary towel drive campaign. They handed over a year’s supply of sanitary towels, expected to benefit at least 300 girls.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Liberty partnered with Martha Bartlett, MEC of Education, in her sanitary towel drive campaign. They handed over a year’s supply of sanitary towels, expected to benefit at least 300 girls.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Countrywide, emphasis needs to be put on the availability of sanitary towels, just as much as on that of condoms.

The fact that girls and women have to suffer a lack of sanitary towels every month due to their financial status, needs to receive attention.

These are issues raised by Bruce Gomba, regional head of Liberty in the Northern Cape and the Free State.

He spoke at the Dr E.P. Lekhela High School in Galeshewe on Monday, 28 August.

Liberty has partnered with Martha Bartlett, MEC for Education, in her sanitary towel drive campaign.

They handed over a year’s supply of sanitary towels, expected to benefit at least 300 girls, to the school.

“The availability of condoms, especially male condoms, is a true indication that the focus continues to be on the male child and not on the girl child and women,” said Gomba.

He said that it was impossible for government to say that there is no money, given the fact that a new variety of condom had recently been produced, allowing men to choose different flavours.

“But we still fail to provide the female child with the necessary tools on a monthly basis.

“I mean, there is no way that you can tell me that you will need condoms every month. Whereas with the girl child, we know that it is a definite given that they will go through that cycle every month.

“That is why we need to find ways to ensure that government makes provision for such things.”

He further refered to the mentality of men, who tend to become shy and ashamed about coming into contact with sanitary towels, or joining in the drive.

Bartlett called on families, including males and learners who can afford it, to donate packets of sanitary towels to her office.

“It is time for men to come out of their closets and contribute. We are now in another generation,” said Bartlett.

“Men are expected to come on board and join these campaigns of securing the dignity of their mothers, sisters and wives.”

Elaborating on the cost of sanitary towels, she pointed out that some mothers could not even afford a loaf of bread, which is cheaper than a packet of sanitary towels.

“Now you can imagine the costs incurred for the two packets that a girl needs for those few days alone. That is the cost of at least five loaves of bread.

“Because they are unable to afford sanitary protection and they don’t understand what is happening to their bodies, what should be a celebration of womanhood becomes a time of shame, embarrassment and stigmatisation, with dire consequences for the girls’ education and consequently their futures.

“In some instances, these young women suffer from stress and depression as a result of the fear of staining their clothes.”

As a private stakeholder, Liberty pledged to continue identifying the gaps and needs within the education sector in order to assist wherever it can.

According to Gomba, the donation was just one of the many initiatives for which they partnered with the Department of Education to provide the necessary support.

The school principal, Abigail Mohapanele, expressed how her school was blessed to be recognised in this manner.

“We do still experience this challenge where the socio- economic background of the learners do not allow them to afford these towels,” said Mohapanele.

“Let this kind of relationship prosper and touch more lives.”

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