Lindiwe Nkuna, the founder of Lindiwe pads, says periods don’t go into lockdown and neither should our support of girls in need of sanitary products

Lindiwe started Lindiwe pads to provide an affordable alternative to expensive sanitary products without compromising on quality. On 25 May Lindiwe started #1976girls to raise awareness of the struggles faced by many young girls and also be part of the solution by providing 1976 girls with a three-month supply of pads. 

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Why we need another campaign to donate pads 

UNICEF has estimated that roughly 1 in 10 girls in Africa miss school because of their periods each year. A study conducted by Harris Insights & Analytics of 1 000 teens aged 13 to 19 found 20% — one in five — of teenage girls surveyed cannot afford to purchase menstrual hygiene products. It also states that two-thirds of respondents feel stress because they don’t have access to tampons and pads, 61% have worn tampons more than four hours, 25% missed class because they didn’t have access to tampons or pads, and 83% think lack of access to these products is not talked about enough.

“Periods don’t go into lockdown. The same challenges that girls and young women were facing when they went to school, they are still facing now in terms of menstrual management. Our aim is to assist them to have the necessary sanitary products so they may not have to sit any activities linked to their livelihoods,” says Lindiwe.

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 Why 1976?

The year 1976 is synonymous with youth in South Africa. The revolutionary spirit of the youth of 1976 inspired Lindiwe to seek change on behalf of young girls.

“Girls already have a hurdle of challenges to overcome, something as natural and consistent like periods should not have to be one of them. Without access to proper education and resources, girls are often forced to stay home from school during their periods, which leads them to miss anywhere from 10-20% of school days, according to UNESCO. And sometimes, they drop out of school completely,” Lindiwe explains. 

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 How to help

Corporates and individuals can make a direct purchase of Lindiwe Pads to contribute towards reaching a target 3952 pad packs (two packs per girl) and donate those pads to either NGOs of their choice or work with the current NGOs the company has in its database. 

Those looking to help can reach out to us via our website (www.lindiwepads.co.za) or social media pages @LindiwePads (Facebook & Twitter)