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Many of us have been forced to use socks when we're on our period. Demand government deliver our promised sanitary pads.

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“I use a sock as a sanitary pad” [1]

Sisters, many of us have been forced to miss school when we’re on our periods because sanitary pads are too expensive. 5 years ago, the Honourable President Zuma promised free sanitary pads for poor communities [2], but we are still waiting for the promised pads.

But we can change this, Black women are the majority in Mzansi, and if we come together, we can ensure the Health, Social Development and Education Ministers, fulfill President Zuma’s promise.

On average, girls in the matric class of 2015 missed 300 days of school [3], this is why the women of Mzansi are more likely to be unemployed and poor.
Enough is enough, together, we can ensure that by term 4 of 2016, no sister will suffer the indignity of missing school because she has to use a sock as a sanitary pad.

Dear Ministers Angie Motshekga, Aaron Motsoaledi and Bathabile Dlamini,

We, the daughters of Mzansi, and our allies, call on you to implement the Honourable President Zuma’s 2011 promise of free sanitary pads for those of us who cannot afford them. Our health, education, employment and dignity lay in your hands. We call on you to ensure that on the first day of school in term 4 of 2016, (October 10th), that no girl who cannot afford a sanitary pad, is forced to miss school or use a sock.

[1] I use a sock as a sanitary pad, says Langa learner. Pharie Sefali for GroundUp 6 November 2014

[2] Zuma promises free towels for women. Alex Matlala and Kingdom Mabuza for the Sowetan Jan 10 2011

[3] Dignity Dreams article with information on how many girls miss school a month and in a year: