Social development aims to keep girls in school by providing sanitary protection

The Gauteng Department of Social Development is appealing to corporates to assist them in achieving the goal of helping one million underprivileged girls in the Gauteng region receive sanitary towels by 2019.

At a breakfast launch with over 40 companies at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, MEC for the Gauteng Department of Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khosa requested the partnership of private companies to increase the reach of the programme. She urged businesses to invest in the girl child by keeping her in school.

Pumla Mukeba and Nothando Mvelase of MMI Holdings discuss how they will pledge to assist the department of social development in reaching 1 million girls in Gauteng with sanitary protection by 2019. Photo: Sarah Koning

MEC for the Gauteng Department of Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khosa discusses her plan to reach 1 million underprivileged girls with sanitary protection by 2019. Photo: Sarah Koning

The Sanitary Dignity Campaign, launched by the Gauteng Department of Social Development, has so far assisted girls at 470 qualifying schools in Gauteng, targeting 45 000 girls monthly. They have now partnered with Procter & Gamble (P&G), the manufacturer of Always sanitary pads, whose ‘Always keeping girls in school’ campaign has so far assisted 150 000 girls in South Africa and Kenya with sanitary protection over the past 10 years.

Shamona Kandia of the Transnet Foundation and Leonie van der Merwe, who works in gender mainstreaming at the department of social development, enjoy socialising at the launch of the public-private partnership for the sanitary dignity campaign. Photo: Sarah Koning.

Source: Sand Tonchronicle

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