In commemorating Women’s Month, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation launched two important initiatives on Monday.

The first is a history project, calling on the public to come forward with the names of those who were part of the 1956 Women’s March.

Young people, who are part of the Kathrada Youth Clubs, are also launching an initiative called #FreeToFlow – which aims to restore the dignity of young women by providing sanitary pads to 500 school girls for a year.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Irfaan Mangera says, “An account says that 20 000 women participated in this march, so as many as we can get and I think it is important that we capture that history so future generations can know their families who participated. The FreeToFlow campaign is targeting supporting young women – as we need to start, not just trying, to tackle the issue of period poverty, which is a serious one – but to have the conversation around menstruation, sexual reproductive health, and so on.

In the audio below, Mangera explains further:

In the video below writer and activist Elinor Sisulu talks to SABC News about the initiative: