We are a group of men and women focussed on uplifting the young women
of South Africa. Menstruation-related problems are a gender-based
barrier to girls’ education in South Africa.
In our current climate there are many obstacles in the way that children
may miss school – but menstruation should not be one of these reasons.
In many African communities there are stigmas and taboos around
menstruation that lead to so many young girls not receiving information
about puberty and often being completely unprepared when they have
their first period. In addition, girls who grow up in poverty often cannot
afford period protection materials, which means that they subsequently
don’t fully participate in school, sports or social life when they have their
periods. All these obstacles, if left unattended can lead to increased school absenteeism,
and for some girls, even dropping out of school altogether.