Power Pad Girls Namibia
Commonwealth Point of Light 136. Hildegard Titus
Hildegard Titus, representing Namibia, is the founder of 'Power Pad Girls' which has raised N$60,000 to donate over 250 reusable sanitary kits to vulnerable women and girls across the country.
Hildegard launched the initiative after reading news stories about the number of girls missing school as they could not afford menstrual products. Through ‘Power Pad Girls’, Hildegard provides sexual and reproductive health workshops in schools in addition to the reusable pads the project distributes, as well as raising awareness among the public about the issue of period poverty. Hildegard is also working to end the stigma around period poverty for trans and non-binary people.
Kate Airey, UK High Commissioner in Namibia, said:
“Hildegard’s passion to create a more just society is unmatched. Her vibrant energy in advocating for reusable pads that are not only economically viable but also environmentally friendly is notable. Hildegard’s work on human rights for sexual and reproductive health and rights is important for us all, because no society can develop – economically, politically, or socially – when half of its population is marginalized. Hildegard is a worthy Point of Light and it is fantastic to see her getting the recognition for her impactful work on period poverty amongst others.”
“I’m very honoured and grateful for this award among a lot of other inspiring people in the Commonwealth.
“The ‘Power Pad Girls’ initially just started as a small way for young women to give back to the girls in our communities, and I’m so humbled by how much it has grown over the years. It has changed perspectives about period poverty in Namibia and created much-needed dialogue on the importance of comprehensive sexual and reproductive rights and education. Thank you to the British High Commission in Windhoek, my amazing fellow ‘Power Pad Girls’ and to all those who continue to support us in our mission. May we all continue to do our parts in our communities to create a more just, equal and bountiful society for us all.”