Girls stay at school in pads project

2018-09-27 06:02
Babalwa Sigaba (middle) with learners from Joe Slovo High School. PHOTO: Keep a girl stay at schhol campaign

Babalwa Sigaba (middle) with learners from Joe Slovo High School. PHOTO: Keep a girl stay at schhol campaign

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In an attempt to end the stigma associated with menstruation and the lack of sanitary towels, members of the Student Representative Council at the College of Cape Town founded the Keep a Girl Stay at School campaign.

Babalwa Sigaba, Sinethemba Ngece, Zimkhitha Mhlanga, Sintu Rogers and Cecilia Van Staden started the campaign last month after realising that a lot of girls skip school during their cycle because they cannot afford sanitary pads.

Sigaba said the campaign is aimed at making young girls aware that menstruation is natural and normal, not a curse.

“We want girls to know that periods are not something to be ashamed of or to be disgusted by,” she said, adding that their focus was to provide sanitary pads for the needy.

On Thursday, the group visited Joe Slovo High School, in Khayelitsha, their partners in the campaign, to donate 100 sanitary pads to Grade 8 and 9 learners and educate them about the changes in their bodies when they go through their menstrual cycle.

“It was a very pleasing and heart-warming experience, to see the girls engaging with us on conversations, topics and discussions. To us this is an achievement, all thanks to community, friends, family and fellow students for the support that they gave us,” added Sigaba.

To sustain the project and reach more learners the group is looking for sponsors and donations. Contact Babalwa: 063 175 2422 or 072 828 6192 or send an email to to help the group.


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