High absenteeism and drop-out among schoolgirls due to menstrual cycle

Millions of young girls without access to sanitary towels continue to stay away from school during their menstrual cycle.

Research indicates that schoolgirls who cannot afford sanitary towels miss many school days a year..

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to executive director of amandla.mobi, Koketso Moeti, regarding the matter.

Listen to the interview below:

What we need is a systemic response to ensure that no girl child is left out. Why are they not ensuring the needs of girls are met?

Kokoetso Moeti, Executive Director of amandla.mobi

What's even worse, is that this is happening in communities where even the school toilets are a problem. So the girls are having to find other means.

Koketso Moeti, Executive Director of amandla.mobi

It's shocking that there's so much research, so many stories about the heart-breaking things that girls go through during this time and nobody's taking action.

Koketso Moeti, Executive Director of amandla.mobi

There are girls who are forced to use socks and newspapers if they can't afford sanitary pads, and this has a lot of health implications.

Koketso Moeti, Executive Director of amandla.mobi
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