What is “period poverty”?

End Period Poverty
Period poverty refers to the lack of access to sanitary products and hygiene facilities to manage menstruation. It remains a common problem in South Africa.
There are about 3.5 million South African schoolgirls that cannot afford sanitary pads.
Menstrual education and access to sanitary products for all people who menstruate is important in bringing an end to period poverty. There are about 3.5 million South African schoolgirls that cannot afford sanitary pads. They stay out of school (missing education opportunities) and use bulky, unhygienic alternatives such as Newspapers (causing infections), banana leaves covered in old clothes or old rags stuffed in pantyhose. This problem not only affect schoolgirls, but women at all stages of life. There are still many in South Africa that cannot afford to prioritize the purchase of sanitary products. Let’s take hands to bring an end to period poverty and empower and support girls and women and not let their periods act as a barrier to achieving their full potential. This problem not only affect schoolgirls, but women at all stages of life. There are still many in South Africa that cannot afford to prioritize the purchase of sanitary products. Let’s take hands to bring an end to period poverty and empower and support girls and women and not let their periods act as a barrier to achieving their full potential. We have a big challenge in South Africa to end Period Poverty. The good news is that there is always a solution. Beginet is taking hands with Gracious Nubian who developed in collaboration with the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, re-usable pads. They now manufacture an innovative washable sanitary pad which can be re-used for up to 2 years. Beginet will fight period poverty by distributing these re-usable, eco-friendly sanitary pads to woman and girls in the Northern Cape. Let us see what Dr Olga Smit, from the Central University of Technology, says about the tests carried out on the gracious Nubian sanitary towels: “Total microbial load and selective testing that may cause vaginal infections were all negative in the preliminary textile and microbiology analysis.” Mr. Bongani Majola, chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission, highlights that a lack of access to sanitary products can have a ripple effect on the entire population. “It is not just the girls and women who benefit from having proper menstrual hygiene, the broader society and national economies can profit from better menstruation management,” Majola said in a statement. Period poverty not only affect schoolgirls, but women at all stages of life. There are still many in South Africa that cannot afford to prioritize the purchase of sanitary products. Let’s take hands to bring an end to period poverty and empower and support girls and women and not let their periods act as a barrier to achieving their full potential. Join Beginet in our journey of ending period poverty. Rev. Deon van der Berg

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