'Condoms are free, pads should be too' campaign raises thousands
A project by the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University's student representative council (SRC) to provide free sanitary pads has sparked conversation and raised thousands of rands in pledges.
The SRC's #CondomsAreFreePadsShouldBeToo campaign was shared across social media at the weekend amid calls for pads to be distributed on campus in the way condoms are.
The campaign started on Monday, its aim being to ensure the dignity of women is protected.
As pledges came in, Lindiwe Nkuna, of Pretoria-based sanitary pad manufacturer Lindiwe Sanitary Pads, was among those tagged in conversations, as many pledged to buy the products from her company.
Speaking to TimesLIVE, Nkuna said although she was not a part of the campaign, she was passionate about ensuring that the needs of women were met.
"I don't run the campaign, but people tagged me because they said they would be buying the sanitary pads from us. When I started in November last year, the intention was to help the girl child."
#IPledge R5000 worth of pads that I will buy from @LindiwePads. The manufacturer is a young Black determined woman, I interviewed her recently @GardeeGodrich wanna match the donation?— Aldrin Sampear (@AldrinSampear) June 30, 2019
I wish the campaign will get into informal settlements too#IFCondomsAreFreePadsShouldBeToo https://t.co/5M8hj40j2b
Thanks Aldrin. I have taken the challenge to my WhatsApp. I pledged R2000— Fifi (@Curiosity_1010) June 30, 2019
Oh,the GREATEST PROJECT of them all. We are extremely excited to hear this announcement. EFF for the REAL NEEDS and for the REAL PEOPLE. Waswa moloi✊✊✊✊✊— Linda Manamela (@MmakgoshiLinda) June 30, 2019
I am in Cape Town... I would like to pledge R1000. How can I get the pads delivered where I work?— Neli Nelz Gumede (@Nelizinhle1) June 30, 2019
Condoms are free in many many places while pads and tampons... not so much— rosie misses joon ALL NIGHT (@bluesideseaside) June 30, 2019
honestly... bread, water, and period-pads should be free for all.— tamara♡ (@tamxra__) June 30, 2019