Return dignity to girls and women

2016-08-17 06:00

THROUGHOUT South Africa, over the past few years, a number of groups have been formed to assist the estimated two million or so girls, between the age 12 and 18, who miss many days of school each year because they cannot afford sanitary towels

Research studies have shown that girls who cannot afford pads or tampons miss approximately five days of school a month. Living below the poverty line they have to resort to using old cloths, rags, newspapers, leaves, bark and grass, which can do irreparable harm not only physically, but psychologically and emotionally.

“Dignity Dreams”, one of several NGOs, outlines the problem in its goals.
Every girl in South Africa deserves access to safe and hygienic sanitary products. Our goal is to help girls and/or women reclaim the dignity that poverty denies them and will enable girls to make a lasting positive impact on the communities they live in, and society as a whole. They will complete high school, will be less likely to get HIV/Aids or fall pregnant before the age of 18 and will likely earn higher wages, etc.

As a major solution to this problem, enterprising entrepreneurs have developed reusable sanitary pads that which can be washed and reused for up to five years. These pads are environmentally friendly and are being made in a number of centres throughout the country.

Compared to a being used on a long-term basis to non-re-usuable pads the re-usable ones are more economical.

The Greytown Gazette would like to promote, through an existing organisation in Umvoti, the establishment of a basic supply of re-usable sanitary pads for use in the many rural schools in the district. Anyone interested is requested to contact the Greytown Gazette.

For the time being a community aware group of youth are undertaking a related project as follows:

Young Lives Do Matter is a non-profit organisation in Greytown, with the purpose of improving the lives of children and the youth by contributing to their basic needs. YLDM addresses the hidden problems of serving the needs of poor, rural pupils and present solutions to these problems in a cost effective manner.
It will be hosting it's first project at Entembisweni Primary School, the Sanitary Pads campaign on 9 September. The Department of Health and the Department of Social Development will be attending and issues concerning women's health will be discussed with pupils.
Since we want to donate permanent washable pads to pupils, we are hosting a car wash fund-raising event on 3 September.
Contact Amanda Bhengu on 073 861 1868 for more information.

‘Greytown Gazette’ would like to promote, through an existing organisation in Umvoti, the
establishment of a basic supply of re-usable
sanitary pads for use in the many rural schools in the district

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