Thursday, March 22, 2007

Women - Dignity! Period.
Since launching Dignity! Period. in 2005, ACTSA – in solidarity with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) – has distributed more than 2.5 million sanitary pads to the women and girls of Zimbabwe.

The economic crisis in Zimbabwe now means that ordinary woman are unable to afford basic sanitary protection. With inflation topping 1200%, just one pack of sanitary pads costs more than 50% of the average monthly wage for women in Zimbabwe. Faced with such economic adversity, manufacturers of sanitary products have fled Zimbabwe, compounding the shortages.

As a consequence, millions of Zimbabwean women are forced to replace tampons with newspapers and dirty rags, a practice which has led to vaginal infections for which there is no available medication. Moreover, these medical infections are often falsely attributed to sexually transmitted infections leading to social embarrassment and domestic violence.

This lack of sanitary products has far reaching implications. Families suffer from increased poverty as mothers and wives are unable to work when they have their periods. This means that they are unable to buy food and clothes or finance their children’s education. In addition girls are forced to take time off school, further jeopardising their education.

Millions of women and girls across Zimbabwe face unnecessary suffering and hardship, ACTSA campaigns to ensure that these women are afforded their most basic human rights.

and herre I am bitching about the fact that I have period pain!

Friday, March 02, 2007


Spent the weekend at Bazley with my cousins and my family. Jean & Ike celebrated their wedding anniversary. Got sunburnt deluxe and had a bit of an issue with a rock pool. Jools put my electonic key in the lagoon and nearly capsized the canoe. Yeah we had fun.