What is “Period Poverty?”

End Period Poverty

Ever heard of the term “period poverty”?

Beginet helps to bring an end to Period Poverty.

Ever heard of the term “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.

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 de 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

 

 

For only R160 you can end period poverty for one girl.

Give her dignity and hope, instill confidence in her life and provide her a future.

3.5 million South African schoolgirls can’t afford sanitary pads, but let’s start and help. For only R160 or $12 you can give her a set of SABS approved washable sanitary pads that could last her up to two years. You can decide how many girls you want to support.

Together we can end period poverty.

NS. Every donation of R160 buys one set. None of this funding will go towards the operating costs of Beginet NPC.

Big charity: end period poverty for a girl

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