In commemoration of Youth Month, Sisi, a safety wear brand for women within the BBF Safety Group, has partnered with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education to donate reusable sanitary pads to 427 girls, across seven schools, in the greater Stellenbosch area.
Sisi has brought much needed awareness around the differences between the anatomy of men and women and the need for gender specific-personal protective equipment in the workforce, to improve productivity and comfort to working women. The brand wanted to address the issues surrounding absenteeism of young girls from school due to the unaffordability of sanitary hygiene products when menstruating.
According to a study by the Stellenbosch University’s Law Clinic, about 30% of girls in South Africa miss school when they are menstruating, because they cannot afford sanitary products. As such, a girl could lose about 90 days of schooling a year.