Girls in Lesotho to benefit from Queen’s sanitary initiative

The featured photo above is a snapshot of the video posted by SABC news (2016), highlighting the important initiative of Queen Masenate’s initiative, Hlokomela Banana to support girls in Lesotho.

Lesotho’s Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso is on a mission to provide girls and young women with sanitary napkins. Girls often miss school when they are on their menstrual cycles. In order to ensure that girls are able to go to school, and thus have equal opportunity as their male peers, she donated free sanitary napkins to 10,000 girls.

It’s hard to imagine not being able to have access to pads or tampons. They are relatively affordable, and even offered for free where I work. It’s even harder to imagine missing an entire week of school every month, because of that lack of access. But that is a reality for many girls around the world. Girls are already massively disadvantaged in comparison to their male counterparts – they are more likely to drop out of school, and they are more likely to not go to school at all, while their brothers receive the fees needed to attend. We saw this family dynamic illustrated in “An Ex-mas feast” in the book Say You’re One of Them. Girls are disadvantaged just for being girls. There are so many factors that come into play that affect their education opportunities, job prospects, health, and social and political power. It is rather incredible to see the Queen – a women who has obtained social and political power in the country – giving back to poor communities in Lesotho. A very simple solution, such as providing sanitary napkins, can go a long way, and have great impact on the futures of young girls across Lesotho.

To watch the whole video featuring this program, click here. To follow progress on this initiative, follow @Hlokomela Banana on Twitter!


Blog post citations:

Ngatane, Nthakoana. November 5, 2016. Thousands of Lesotho girls to benefit from sanitary initiative. SABC News. Retrieved from:

SABC Digital News. November 5, 2016. Many Lesotho girls to benefits from Queen Masenate Sanitary Initiative. SABC News. Youtube. Retrieved from:


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