WHY MENSTRUAL KITS MATTER?
How different would your life be if you had to go without menstrual products? Interesting question, right? If you didn’t have menstrual products available to you, you wouldn’t be able to work a full month each month and you’d earn less. There is already a gap between what men are paid and what women are paid to do the SAME job. Imagine if you had to take a week off each month because you didn’t have menstrual products. Women in rural South African and other African countries actually live with this problem. How do you think they are doing?
THE PRIMARY REASON FOR SCHOOL DROPOUT
In South Africa, less than 10% of girls go beyond 8th grade, and only 25% of women are employed. The primary reason of school dropout and unemployment for women is not having underwear or menstrual products. Moreover, young ladies are bullied and teased in school when their period occurs at an inopportune moment in school. The impact that has on a young lady is drastic, which automatically results in them dropping out of school and losing their self-worth.
AN ANTI-BULLYING SOLUTION
GirlStuff.Period via the Pads Against Bullying campaign will provide 5,000 girls every 2 months in Africa with one reusable menstrual kit. Each menstrual kit lasts up to 2 years and includes reusable pads, underwear and other menstrual products. With the menstrual pads, girls won't be bullied by boys, will be able to stay in school and graduate. They will also be able to find employment after graduation, which automatically boosts the economical state of the region.
My story is an unbelievable one. This for me is more like a fairy tale, I remember attending the Iziko labahlali workshop, thinking that it was just a waste of time. I was not committed at first. We have had a lot of people that came into our community and promised us a lot, but nothing ever materialized. The workshop made me reflect on my journey in life. Looking back at my life was painful, there were some painful moments I had buried that I never wanted people to hear about, and reflecting on them, gave me a different perspective and I was able to put my past behind me and build from the mistakes I had made. I am now an integral part of GirlStuff, like many of my friends I have the skills I never had when we started, and I can now support my daughter, whom I want to give everything I never had. Thank you Girlstuff for providing opportunities to us woman in Bergnek, we can now put food on the table for our loved ones May this project grow to be a successful business that will help employ more people in and around the community
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