The focus of the paper is analysing the recent Sanitary Dignity Framework and the progress of its implementation. The paper identifies five limitations of the Sanitary Dignity Framework:
- The Framework is not grounded in context-specific information about menstruation in South Africa.
- The Framework lacks detailed, fit-for-purpose norms and standards.
- The Framework does not cover access to accurate and timeous information on menstruation.
- There is an overemphasis on objectives outside of ensuring menstrual health and hygiene at the expense of efficiency and reach.
- The Framework does not define the functions of the inter-ministerial committee.
- The implementation of the Framework has been slow and unequal across the provinces.
The paper recommends that the Sanitary Dignity Framework be redrafted based on credible evidence-based research and the updated Framework must include detailed norms and standards and a clear, phased implementation plan.