About the Bloody Big Brunch!
The economic gender divide starts at school, when girls miss out on education due to a lack of access to affordable hygienic sanitary products. It is estimated that 30% of young women in SA miss school due to menstruation.
Menstruation should not be an obstacle, a taboo, or an indignity.
The TOMA-Now team supports the women of South Africa, the women who have the potential to change the world. We are a nation of fierce females, the driving force behind tomorrow. Period poverty should not stand in anyone’s way.
We are hosting a Bloody Big Brunch to sanitary products. There will be snacks and drinks, and a raffle with some amazing prizes. Join us on the day to participate in the conversation about empowering young women by ensuring dignified access to hygienic sanitary solutions. We want to use this platform to raise awareness of “period poverty”, and directly donate products to girls in the Cape Town area. As an entrance fee we ask that guests bring sanitary products (think bulk!) that will be distributed to school in the wider Cape Town area.
We are partnering with Project Dignity (SubzPads) and AmaQawe ngeMfunda (Heroes through Education) to distribute sanitary product to girls in need. A SubzPads pack supplies one school girl with 3 pairs of panties and 9 clip-on washable sanitary pads, which will last for 5 years. Project Dignity also offers sexual health education at underprivileged schools. AmaQawe ngeMfundo encourages, motivates and supports learners in South Africa primary and high schools in marginalised communities to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and to pursue STEM course and careers.
Access to sanitary products empowers girls; it allows them to feel free to participate in daily activities and not to feel ashamed or embarrassed. One of these activities is attending school. In South Africa 4 million girls aged between 10-19 year miss a week of school every month – limiting their right to access to education. When girls get left begin, especially in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics), it directly contributes to the gender divide.
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