Empowering schoolgirls

2017-11-21 06:01
Girls of Fairmount High School received menstrual cups on Monday.

Girls of Fairmount High School received menstrual cups on Monday.

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Girl learners of Fairmount High School in Grassy Park received a surprise visit from the owners of Mpower Menstrual Cup on Monday morning.

The community development project, headed by registered nurse and outreach worker Sarah Jacobs, aims to empower girls across the city by ensuring they have access to an equal education.

“This is an ongoing project hosted by Mpower. Our mission is to ensure every girl in need in the Western Cape has a cup of her own. We are starting with Fairmount and we have just handed out our first 140 cups and are now inviting the community to help us fund the remaining 260 cups needed for the rest of the girls,” says the project’s Kate Hywood.

The cup is known to be a reusable barrier cup that collects menstrual blood. It comes in two sizes and is made from medically approved pure silicone.

“It is locally produced right here in South Africa. It’s a sustainable menstrual management solution that is available to all women and girls,” she says.

“Unfortunately, sanitary items are expensive and not everyone can afford them We also have another issue facing our girls, as many public schools simply don’t have the facilities the girls need to attend school during menstruation. This means they can miss up to 12 weeks of high school every year.”

Glenda Tutt, owner of Mpower, and Jacobs work together to get the product to schools across the Western Cape.

“It enables each girl to stay in school, empowering them and making sure they have equal access to education,” explains Haywood.

“It costs just R171 to provide a girl with her own cup and will last for about 10 years.”

V For more information follow Mpower Menstrual Cup on Facebook.

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