Empowering young women

2017-06-02 06:00
 Photo: SSubz Pants and Pads/Project DignityGirls excited about the Subz Project.

Photo: SSubz Pants and Pads/Project DignityGirls excited about the Subz Project.

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PROJECT Dignity’s aim to distribute reusable sanitary pads to young women across the country received a major boost when renowned­ pharmacy, health and beauty store, Clicks, decided to partner with the organisation for its Girls on the Go campaign.

 Run by the Clicks Helping Hand Trust, the Girls on the Go campaign will assist with sponsorship of thousands of reusable sanitary packs being donated to disadvantaged communities across the country every two months.

“We’ve partnered with Project Dignity from 2015, and for the 2017 financial year, we aim to distribute 10 000 packs of sanitary wear to needy recipients,” explained Germinah Nyikana, Helping Hand Trust manager.
“The decision to partner with Project Dignity was prompted by the organisation’s success in reducing school absenteeism rates. With access to proper sanitary wear, young women don’t have to miss school during their menstrual cycle, as has been happening previously.”

Project Dignity forms the non-profit extension of Subz Pants and Pads, an organisation founded by Sue Barnes which seeks to vastly improve the lives of school-going girls by donating sponsored packs of reusable, eco-friendly sanitary pads and accompanying panties. The organisation was established after Barnes learned about the negative educational impact a lack of sanitary products is having on thousands of school children.

Developed, designed and manufactured by Barnes, the Subz pads are made of five layers of hydrophilic fabric which makes them extremely absorbent to prevent leakage. Together with the 100% cotton panties, they are patented and have an SABS absorbency approval.

“It is so rewarding, having the privilege of meeting with young women and donating something that makes life that much easier, but we cannot meet the need without the help of organisations like Clicks,” said Barnes.
“They are truly committed to improving the lives of young South Africans and restoring dignity along the way through initiatives such as Girls on the Go.”

Every two months, Clicks purchases 2 000 Subz Pants and Pads packs which it donates to worthwhile recipients. - Supplied.

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