The importance of ‘dignity’

2017-08-08 06:00
Pupils who were assisted by the project.Photo: Supplied

Pupils who were assisted by the project.Photo: Supplied

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DIGNITY is a human right that must be afforded all individuals, regardless of age. This is the message that accompanies the volunteers of Project Dignity as they work tirelessly every week, distributing packs of eco-friendly, reusable sanitary pads to young women across the country.

“Although Project Dignity has been running for several years now, each school activation is uniquely heart-warming, and the reaction from these youngsters as they receive their own sanitary packs is always incredible. It’s what keeps us going,” said Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Packs.

The sanitary packs were developed, designed and manufactured by Barnes after realising the high school absenteeism rates linked to menstruation and a lack of sanitary wear. Each Subz pad is made of five layers of hydrophilic fabric which is extremely absorbent to prevent leakage.

Together with the 100% cotton panties, the pads are patented and have an SABS absorbency approval.

In an effort to make a meaningful difference to as many lives as possible, the outreach arm - Project Dignity - was established, with funds raised and donated towards the purchase of these packs which are then distributed at various schools during activations.

Pupils are given insight into the working of the packs, as well as an open forum to discuss issues such as body changes and sexuality.

The second term of 2017 saw 6 507 packs distributed to young women at 31 KwaZulu-Natal schools, four Western Cape schools and four Gauteng schools.

“We want to continue to help as many girls as we can because the need for sanitary pads is great and the call to help is growing each month,” said Barnes.

“At Project Dignity, we are only able to do what we can with the funds that we have so we are calling on individuals and corporations to please contact us if they are willing to assist with donations, fund-raising or even individual purchases.

“Thank you to everyone that has made this a truly successful second term and for helping so many young ladies manage their menstruation each month with dignity, and without having to miss out on a day in school because of it.”

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