This project will supply menstrual hygiene products for women and girls in rural Gauteng, positively impacting on their health, education, dignity and participation in society.
Women and girls do not always have access to menstrual hygiene products in rural Gauteng. This may be because sanitary products are expensive, there may be a lack of income or a lack of awareness around the need for specific menstrual products in these communities. This stops women and girls from accessing educational and economic opportunities. This impacts their capacity to participate in society, as they may be unable to take part in daily activities when they are menstruating.
Providing menstrual hygiene products will allow women and girls to return to work or to school, without the fear of being shamed during their menstrual cycle. The project will also educate on menstrual hygiene and sanitation in rural areas.
Access to adequate menstrual products in schools will increase education on hygiene issues, counter persisting taboos and stigma and contribute to providing effective sanitation practices, which will positively impact educational opportunities, health and societal participation of women and girls.