The Real Reason Girls Drop Out Of School



"As long as women are bound by poverty and as long as they are looked down upon, human rights will lack substance.”

- Nelson Mandela


Dignity should not be a luxury. The right to dignity is the acknowledgement of the intrinsic worth of a human being. In order to preserve a schoolgirl’s dignity during menstruation, it is important that she has access to sanitary healthcare.


That is why this year, the Attacq Foundation is acting in solidarity with the nationwide drive to keep our girls in school and #endperiodpoverty by providing sanitary dignity to schoolgirls in need.

Period poverty is a lack of affordability or access to sanitary products, education on menstrual hygiene, sanitary hygiene (access to clean water and toilets) and waste management.


Schoolgirls living in impoverished rural communities have limited access to clean water and sanitation, both at school and at home. The unaffordable cost of menstrual products combined with poor menstrual hygiene affects the health and safety of vulnerable schoolgirls. As a result, many schoolgirls are absent from school and may even drop-out because they cannot afford to manage their periods.


Research shows that younger, uneducated and economically dependant girls go so far as to engage in transactional sex to pay for menstrual products. This increases their risk of experiencing violence and contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Period shame and misinformation undermines girls, making them vulnerable to gender discrimination, child marriage, exclusion, poverty and untreated health problems. It further perpetuates the idea that menstruating women and girls are unclean.



Dignity should not be a luxury. The right to dignity is the acknowledgement of the intrinsic worth of a human being. In order to preserve a schoolgirl’s dignity during menstruation, it is important that she has access to sanitary healthcare.


Help us keep our girls in school by donating feminine hygiene products at any of our donation bins located Attacq properties.


All donations will be provided to the Imbumba Foundation, which strives to break the menstrual barrier to education by providing schoolgirls with sanitary products.


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