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Is Lack of access to pads an indirect violation of young women? Find out why.

Cape Town - As community activists, civil society organizations and businesses officially launch their 16 Days of Activism campaigns today, in Mbekweni Paarl, several young girls are attending school fed, clothed, with sanitary pads courtesy of a driven social activist.

For 16 Days of Activism 34-year-old, Shane Titana is on a mission to destigmatize men buying and donating sanitary products for young women in need. “For the next 16 days the focus will be on ending violence against women and children. However, most people tend to focus on physical abuse and negate the other forms of abuse,” he said.

Titana runs his non-profit organization, the Human Nature Community Project and has over the years hosted several sanitary towel drives, stationary drives and feeding scheme initiatives some with his cousins Asiphe Kamte, Nwabisa Mvula and Dumisani Bolani. “I also want to encourage my fellow South African men to step in and support our young girls by buying and donating pads.”

“The government continues to fail our young women, but as citizens who live in the same communities and young men who share the same spaces with young women, we can make a difference if we stand in where we see a gap.

“At the Human Nature Community Project, we believe in our young women and support their right to education. I think growing up seeing the love and care my mother had for anyone and everyone she came across molded me into the man I am today. It’s not hard to be kind.”

“As someone who actively advocates for young women having access to proper sanitation services and pads 365 days a year, this year I want to highlight how it is also a form of abuse that young women in 2021 still don’t have ready access to pads and are having to use unsanitary toilets at schools.

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