The menstrual cup project spearheaded by Dr. Taheera Hassim (Assistant Secretary General – WMO Africa Chapter) delivered 138 cups to students of the Diepsloot secondary school in Gauteng South Africa.
On the 8th of October, an interactive and informative session was held at the school wherein the girls were educated about menstrual cycles and the importance of contraception and hygiene.
The lack of sanitary napkins can push young, menstruating girls out of school, resulting in absenteeism and an increase in South Africa’s drop out rates. We are pleased to be a means of alleviating this contentious problem by empowering these young girls with a simple product such as the silicone cup that could make a noticeable difference in their lives. We hope it leads to a much higher attendance as there will be less school days lost to menstruation.
It is yet another endeavour by WMO Africa Chapter to reach out to the indigenous community in the Gauteng area and a firm step to eradicate period poverty in the region.