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Sanitary Dignity Campaign What does it mean to you? What does it mean for development?

19 July 2012
12:30 - 15:00

Date :19 July 2012

Time :12:30 – 15:00

Presenters :

  • Ms Mary Mononela : Chief Director – Gender Mainstreaming in the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities
  • Ms Dululu Hlatshaneni – Deputy Director – Social Cohesion and Equity in Education, Department of Basic Education: Directorate
  • Ms Suann Bruce – Community Mobiliser : Cancer Association of South Africa ( CANSA)
  • Glenda Tutt, MPower Cup and Cara-Lize Lugibihl MyCup Menstrual Cup

Research has shown that some girls in certain rural underprivileged schools in South Africa do not attend school when menstruating.  This is due to several reasons, part of which is infrastructure in terms of inadequate structures for clean sanitation.  These girls also do not have resources to buy sanitary pads to be used during this period.  Other countries in Africa encounter the same challenge of absenteeism of young girls in school during their menstrual cycle.  And so there are Sanitary Dignity Campaigns globally involving government departments, private sector and NGOs.  South Africa has also engaged in a Sanitary Dignity campaign as was announced by the President in his State of the National Address at the beginning of the year.  The idea is to retain girls at school to obtain good education for girls’ better and brighter future.

The HSRC Seminar Series in collaboration with the Department of Social Development

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