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Find out which departments need to step up to make free pads a reality for people who menstruate.
In 2011, President Jacob Zuma committed to providing poor people who menstruate with sanitary pads. More than five years later, this has not happened.
Bhekisisa health reporter Pontsho Pilane won the Livity Africa Parliament Challenge when she was an honours student at the University of the Witwatersrand. As part of the challenge, she put forward a policy proposal to Parliament for the provision of free sanitary pads to disadvantaged people.
She presented it in Parliament on November 23. Hear what Pilane thinks it will take to make free pads – and dignified and healthy menstruation – a reality for all South Africans.
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