Former public protector Thuli Madonsela is taking the call to support our girls’ hygiene needs to new heights — literally. On August 9 Madonsela (joined by an expedition of influential women) is scheduled to summit Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Caring4Girls menstrual hygiene programme. We’ve barely started to amplify the narrative around the gross injustice of our girls missing school due to a lack of sanitary products, which should be available at no cost to those who cannot afford them. Their plight has now intensified far beyond meaningless rhetoric. Therefore, it’s heartening to see (especially) a woman in leadership rolling up her sleeves to help alleviate the struggle of our girls. Why should our girls continue to suffer indignity while the financially capable among us look the other way — or, worse, look on indifferently? According to a research project on employment, income distribution and inclusive growth, about 1% of South Africans own at least 50% of the cou...

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