Girl Up Jo’burg helping to eliminate period poverty in South Africa
The COVID-19 pandemic, doesn’t stop Girl Up Jo’burg from doing what’s right and positively impacting people’s lives by giving back to the community.
Girl Up Jo’burg has joined forces with BoysForAction to launch a campaign aiming to raise funds for 1000 refugee girls in need of sanitary towels and hygiene products. The campaign is called 1000 Girls. This campaign, is geared towards creating awareness, fund-raising and education. Donations of reusable sanitary and hygiene products will be made to 1000 refugee and asylum seeker girls amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
They also aim to break the stigmas that exist around young girls experiencing their menstrual cycle by educating people about it and instilling the mere fact that menstruation is not a taboo, hence it should be normalised. Young girls should not be ostracized because of getting their periods and period shaming should be completely rooted out.
Moreover, Girl Up Jo’burg seeks to eradicate more than just period poverty by tackling other social ills such as gender based violence and xenophobia. Their mission is deeply centred on giving back to the community, they have impacted enormously in the Jo’burg community and they are continuing to do so through raising awareness aimed to combat the stigmas surrounding menstruation.
Through the help of Unfiltered Youth, they also enhance imperative conversations that are usually overlooked, topics like gender based violence, xenophobia and being African. Such topics are tackled within the social media space, where people, mostly youth are given a platform where they can engage and voice their opinions in order to accelerate change.
When asked about why this specific campaign, they said majority of girls in South Africa especially those in refugees are still struggling to buy themselves sanitary towels as they are still not freely accessible , so they aim to help those in need, those who cannot afford to buy sanitary towels from their own pockets. It’s only people who can help to change this and if you have the means to do so then why hesitate? Be the change you want to see.
“Sanitary Towels are a necessity, we can’t stress this enough but majority of girls are struggling, the least we could do is to assist where we can,”
“As we’re empowered young women who tirelessly defend gender equality and we support girls who aspire to start a social movement because gender inequality isn’t just about glass ceilings, it’s about basic human rights,” They added.
Additionally, 1000 girls’ campaign team urged people to help give young girls a chance to live freely and without fear by donating @1000GirlsCampaign on Instagram, collaboration is very crucial.
Picture: Instagram @ 1000girlscampaign