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Project Dignity… Restoring the dignity of young women

Many people have not grasped the concept that many young women may have a problem when menstruating when not having access to sanitary towels.  Project Dignity has identified the need after studying the impact of this widespread problem.  Sue Barnes chats to Faizal Sayed about the solution and how you can assist.

The aim of Project Dignity is to reduce absenteeism and dropout rates in schools and increase opportunities for girls to complete their education with dignity.

It is a widespread but unacknowledged problem that girls in Africa miss school and stay at home because of menstruation. According to UNICEF, one in ten schoolgirls in Africa miss classes or drop out completely due to their period, and substitute regular pads or tampons for less safe and less absorbent materials such as rags, newspaper or bark

The Solution

A re-usable sanitary pad and panty that is 100% cotton therefore allowing the skin to breathe. The elastic is non-woven, rubber based and therefore will not stretch out of shape. The sanitary towel is absorbent and will hold up to 25 – 30 mls of discharge. The sanitary towel is fully washable therefore reusable. The panty and sanitary towel are made of 100% cotton fabrics therefore will last a minimum of 5 years. The pad contains no gels or absorbent chemicals and is totally biodegradable. It is a “green peace” product, and being biodegradable will not clog landfills.

For more information on this project visit http://www.projectdignity.org.za