There are good people in this world and then there are extraordinary people in this world. And Sue Barnes is an example of an extraordinary person. Once a year, Clarins hosts the Most Dynamic Woman of The Year Award and helps them sustain their initiative. In 2013, it was awarded to Sue Barnes.
BeautySouthAfrica had the privilege of meeting Sue Barnes and the Clarins team from Paris where they handed over her award for all the amazing work she has done.
Her daughter came home from school one day with a letter asking for donations of sanitary pads and panties. Sue donated to the school, but this was just the beginning. After the school asked for more donations, Sue decided that she had to find out why this was becoming an ongoing saga.
She found out that girls and young women in townships and rural areas were missing school and classes during their menstrual cycle. The girls were also at risk of developing infections as they were using unhygienic alternatives to sanitary pads. If you calculate it, it means that girls were missing up to a quarter of their school days, all because they didn’t have access to sanitary pads.
Enter Project Dignity
Sue realised that donations of sanitary pads was not sustainable. She decided to dedicate some of her time to creating a reusable pad. After trial and error, Barnes created a pair of panties with a clip-on, reusable pad, which ensures the girls need never worry about running out of this essential item. The pad is fully washable, can last for up to 5 years and has SABS absorbency approval.
Besides for handing out the Project Dignity Subz packs, Barnes has recently quit her full-time job to concentrate on this project and give it her all. She also visits the girls and educates them on their menstrual cycle, puberty, personal hygiene, sexual health and HIV.
With Sue’s ongoing commitment to Project Dignity and her innovative solutions she has been able to reach and distribute over 30 000 Subz around the country.
Sue needs all the help she can get to sustain her project. If you would like to help out with this exceptional, please contact Sue on 083 661 8963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to make a donation to Project Dignity, please use these details:
FNB Westville 22-35-26 Account No. 62351109725