MORE than seven million girls miss a week of school every month during their menstrual periods because they cannot afford sanitary towels.“As DASO (Democratic Alliance Students’ Organisation) we believe that your future and your well-being must not be dictated by your socioeconomic background. As such, in the true spirit of a caring organisation, DASO Nelson Mandela University (NMU) is launching a sanitary towel drive on all our campuses,” said the DASO institutional committee in a statement.The DASO sanitary towel campaign aims to raise funds and collect sanitary towels to ensure over 10 000 sanitary towels are made available to avoid students missing classes due to menstrual challenges. “Research has shown that girls from marginalised backgrounds could miss up to 50 days of school each year due to these challenges. “Therefore, DASO NMU aims to create awareness through the campaign so that no student at this institution goes through this challenge and to avoid students dropping out as a result of this.”The objective of the campaign is to create awareness about the challenges faced by NMU’s needy students during their monthly cycles.“We want to raise funds to purchase sanitary towels so that needy students can go to class when having their menstrual period. We want to increase the presence of a purpose of promoting a sense of genuine humanity among students.“Our vision is of an open and free educational environment that is uniquely South African, in which every person has the freedom to pursue their own aspirations, fairness to chase their dreams and turn them into a reality and in which every person has the opportunity to improve the quality of their life.”For more info contact DASO NMU on 082 541 4744.