Missing school because of my period, help change this

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Missing school because of my period, help change this
Missing school because of my period, help change this
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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. 7 years ago, government 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 Department of Women, Health, Social Development and Education Ministers, fulfill this promise.

Many girls from low-income communities miss school and some drop out completely because they do not have sanitary pads. This could be one of the reasons why according to STATSSA recent report on poverty, women of Mzansi are the most poor [3].
Enough is enough, together, we can ensure that by term 3 of 2018, no girl child will suffer the indignity of using a sock or an old t-shirt as a sanitary pad.

Dear Ministers Bathabile Dlamini, Angie Motshekga, Aaron Motsoaledi and Susan Shabangu

We, the daughters of Mzansi, and our allies, call on you to implement the promise made by government in 2011 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 in this year's Mid-Term Budget Policy statement , sanitary pads roll-out is included and financed so no girl who cannot afford a sanitary pad, is forced to miss school or use a sock.

We appreciate that you have started the process of realising this by having the Sanitary Pads Indaba in which you presented your policy framework. However it is worrying that there are no set timeframes. We are worried that any further delays will have dire consequences for our young girls.


[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




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Many of us have been forced to use socks when we're on our period. But 7 years ago the then President Mr Zuma promised free pads for poor communities.