Angry sanitary pad activist claims she was sidelined by Global Citizen Festival

The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 is scheduled to be held in Johannesburg this coming weekend.

This is the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa. It is a free-ticketed event taking place on Sunday 2 December at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

The event aims to honour the late Nelson Mandela's legacy in the fight to end extreme poverty.

Activists and music fans can earn an entry by taking action on health and nutrition, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, and the criminalisation of poverty.

However, an activist for menstrual health and hygiene Zola Ndwandwe is not happy with the how the process has unfolded.

She took to Twitter on Tuesday claiming she has been exploited by the organisers.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Ndwandwa says she has been working with the Global Citizen team for the past six months about menstrual health and hygiene matters.

She says they have been working on these matters in conjunction with Team Free Sanitary Pads. Prior to that, she formulated an entire research report with the aim to end period poverty, she adds.

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Unfortunately, owing to the abrupt unpleasant experience of Global Citizen, Team Free Sanitary Pads has been sidelined from the events and actions.

Zola Ndwandwe, menstrual health and hygiene activist

I want an undertaking from the Global Citizen team to refrain from using my work at the next upcoming JCI, African Youth Development Summit as well on the actual Global Citizen SA event.

Zola Ndwandwe, menstrual health and hygiene activist

She claims that the Global Citizen Team has not helped her cause and the organisers have not given her and her team the publicity they were expecting.

She says her expectations in working with the Global Citizen team was to have a platform to connect with various stakeholders in meeting the objectives.

Going to the Global Citizen Festival would have been the perfect platform to engage with the key stakeholders on fulfilling the objectives of making sanitary pads as accessible as condoms.

Zola Ndwandwe, menstrual health and hygiene activist

Bongani says the festival explains that side events that are not part of the main event don't go ahead as planned and is not malicious on their part. Scheduling did not allow for it to be included.

He questions why she is upset since, by her own admission, working with Global Citizen has not added value to her work.

Read below the full thread by Ndwandwe:

Listen below to the full interview:


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