INEQUALITY is pants – that was the message from students at Sheffield University as they took part in a protest designed to promote the empowerment of women and girls in East Africa.
Campaigners from Irise, a small charity at the university, invited people to craft their own underwear and customise it with messages endorsing their ‘education for all’ ethos.
Volunteers from the group work with communities in Kenya and Uganda, where menstruation impacts on girls’ school attendance and there is little access to hygiene products.
They set up a red tent on the university campus to gain support for their work.
Medical student Ryad Chebbout, aged 20, said: “We’re only small so we wanted to seize the opportunity to create awareness.
“The university had different activities as part of Women’s Week and this fitted in with our work.
“We talked to people about the issues and got them to make their own pants and think of their own messages. It generated a lot of interest. Then we did a special pants protest.
“It was fun, but there was a serious message behind it and I think a lot of people got that.”