According to statistics, in South Africa a girl child misses up to 50 days of school in a year due to the lack of adequate menstrual hygiene support.
While a few individuals and organisations have begun to shed light on the impact of the lack of adequate sanitary protection, this issue continues to affect girl children in many different parts of the country.
Glencore Ferroalloys has partnered with Imbumba Foundation one of the leading organisations involved in addressing this issue, to assist girls from their host communities.
This Women’s Month, Glencore will handover sanitary pads to the girls in communities near their operations to ensure that each girl child has sanitary pad supplies for a full year.
“We are very proud to be partnering with the Imbumba Foundation as this initiative ensures that girl children are being kept in school during her menstrual cycle and elevates their dignity and self-esteem.
Through this partnership we are empowering and fostering confidence in young girls by removing obstacles that may limit their learning experience and negatively impact their future,” said Conroy van der Westhuizen, Chief Community and Social Responsibility Officer at Glencore Ferroalloys.
Imbumba Foundation is a non-profit organisation established to bring about social change and economic upliftment within rural and economically marginalised communities in Southern Africa. The foundation’s flagship initiative Caring4Girls, was established with the aim to support indigent girls with sanitary towels, puberty education and menstrual hygiene to keep them in school. To date, the programme has empowered over 1 million girl children across South Africa and neighbouring countries.
Caring4Girls will supply the sanitary pads that are of high absorbent quality, SABS approved, affordable and locally manufactured which also contributes to job creation. These sanitary towels can be found at West Pack Lifestyle and Big Save where all proceeds are redirected to the Caring4Girls initiative.
Through this partnership, Glencore and the Imbumba Foundation will donate 12 packs of sanitary towels to 6 700 girls from schools near Glencore’s operations.
“We are grateful and excited to partner with Glencore for it is through such partnerships that we can ensure that all girls, regardless of race and status, have access to equal opportunities educationally, economically and socially,” said Richard Mabaso, Founder of Imbumba Foundation.
The partnership between Glencore and the Imbumba Foundation is a start of a long-lasting relationship which will positively impact thousands of young girls. This year South Africa celebrates women’s month under the theme “Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights for an Equal Future” and Glencore remains committed to ensuring that girl children have an equal opportunity to work towards a bright future for themselves as well as the nation at large.