Over the last year, Global Citizens have taken over 136,000 actions to stand in solidarity with activists and partners to tell the South African government: #ItsBloodyTime we prioritise menstrual health. Last month, our call was heard!

On 20 February, the South African government allocated R157 million of the 2019 national budget to free sanitary products for learners from low income households. This is a welcome step towards supporting menstrual health, which is critical to girls’ education, health, dignity, and empowerment. Without the leadership and support of President Ramaphosa, Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni, Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe, and the South African government, this would not have been possible.

Yet there is still more work to be done to promote menstrual health in South Africa and ensure all girls can access an education — and we have the power to achieve this. Let’s thank President Ramaphosa for this commitment — and urge his government to go further. Send a tweet today!