South Africa’s Eastern Cape province has been identified as a pilot site for Implementation of the National Sanitary Dignity Framework during 2018-2019. A provincial consultation was held in East London on 3 May, co-facilitated by the Office of the Premier and Department of Women. The consultation was scheduled for a broader audience and stakeholders who have
One of the crucial projects the Department of Women in South Africa is undertaking is the development of a Sanitary Dignity Implementation Framework. In the Framework, the dignity of indigent women and schoolgirls in quintiles one, two and three are to be enhanced so that they are not inconvenienced by the unavoidable biological phenomenon of
Girls at KwaLanga schools in townships of Cape Town were thrilled to receive free sanitary pads from Ms. Bathabile Dlamini, the South African Minister of Women, during a Ministerial Outreach Programme on Menstrual Health. The event took place on 18 May 2017 at Isilimela High School in kwaLanga, Ward 52, where four surrounding schools were
IGANGA, Uganda—Every evening on Luuka Road in the eastern district of Iganga, about 50 young mothers and girl-child school dropouts gather at the Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) clubhouse.   At the clubhouse, the mothers and girls read books and make new friends as they struggle to get their lives back on track. Annet
The subject of menstrual health is an extremely important one but it is one that has not been thoroughly conveyed, especially to young girls.   People involved in teaching girls about menstruation usually shy away from delving too much into the issue and often, they just scratch the surface. The focus is usually on letting
LOUVA, Angola – Since the outbreak of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region last year, nearly 35,000 refugees have poured into Angola’s Lunda Norte Province.   The population is highly vulnerable. Some 75 per cent of refugees from Kasai are women and children, according to UN reports. Many refugees have reported
SENGA BAY, Malawi – After finishing class for the day, Fatima Muhammed and Deborah Chavula head to their school’s sewing room to make sanitary napkins. It is an unusual after-school activity, but a vital one.   They distribute the pads to their fellow female students, helping to keep girls from missing class or dropping out of
LILONGWE, Malawi – Prisca Gama, 22, and Given Mwira, 26, first tried the menstrual cup in November 2016. The women, both fourth-year students at Mzuzu University in northern Malawi, quickly became enthusiastic about the product, finding it to be cost-effective and environmentally friendly.   “When we use menstrual pads, we struggle how to dispose them
SALIMA DISTRICT, Malawi – Fridays are special for any child at school as they herald the advance of the weekend – more time for play. But for girls at Lifidzi Primary School, Fridays have special meaning.   It is when lessons have finished for the day that they gather together at the school for a