The Port Elizabeth Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) members boosted their Sanitary Sistas campaign on Mandela Day and set a new record by packing 8 600 sanitary pads (almost 2 000 more than their initial goal of 6 700) in 67 minutes.
Their mission? To help keep menstruating school girls in class.
Underprivileged girls may miss up to a third of their school year because they cannot afford proper monthly sanitary protection. Education – as Madiba emphasized – education is a critical ticket to a better future and the BWA wants to make sure that the women of tomorrow do not miss a day of schooling unnecessarily.
The Sanitary Sistas campaign was started in Port Elizabeth and has been adopted by BWA branches all over the country, restoring basic dignity and good menstrual health to thousands of young girls. The donated towels are repacked into plain packs to prevent them being stolen from the girls and resold.
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