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Women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro looking for the sanitary towels in Africa

Port Elizabeth, South Africa Breaking News May 15 @ 2:06pm

By GODFREY SIGWELA

PRICE of sanitary towels still not affordable to many women in Africa. Even though there are many brands competing for the market space.

As a result women set to take an adventurous journey and climb the Mount Kilimanjaro in search for sanitary towels in Africa. The expedition is under the annual Trek4Mandela being supported by Thuli Madonsela Women's Day Executive Climb. Professor Thuli Madonsela herself will be leading the group of the devoted moms.

This African adventure is being sponsored by LexisNexis South Africa. It is scheduled to summit on the Women's Day 9th August.

The aim is to raise enough funds for the Caring4Girls hygiene. This programme has an ultimate goal of reaching about two million disadvantaged girls by the year 2020.

One of the dedicated woman set to risk her life is Lee-Ann-King comes from the Eastern Cape and is based in East London. She is the National Deployment Manager at LexisNexis South Africa.

She said: "I am concerned about the challenges girls face regarding their self-esteem in general. Let alone coping with the added struggle on a monthly basis of having no access to basic requirements.

"I simply loved the idea of this challenge from the minute I heard of it. I am inspired by exiting goals and could not think one more exiting than to take on Kilimanjaro and contribute to such a worthy cause."

In their endeavours they will be looking at reaching the top of Mount Kilanjaro  goes by the name of "Uhuru Peak" is Swahili for freedom.

A sanitary towel is already an available item at shops but not easily accessible to girls. As a result dozens of school girls miss important school hours when their call of nature of periods do arise.

South Africa is a country celebrating its 25th freedom day. The country recently had its national elections. Not a single political organisation had a poster fighting for the freedom of the girls in order to get free sanitary towels once a month.
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