Sanitary towels should be accessible

2016-12-22 06:01

INSTEAD of promoting the new and free flavoured condoms, the government should rather heed the call by the students who are demanding that the government do away with the “tampon tax”, which is the major cause of hygiene products becoming increasingly unaffordable for women.

In addition, the campaign is also calling on the management of tertiary institutions to provide free sanitary towels to women.

While the prevention of HIV/Aids is important, promoting the new condoms is disingenuous.

Sanitary products and menstrual hygiene are basic human necessities and rights, and not luxuries. If condoms can be freely available to all, then there is no reason why essential items like sanitary pads cannot be freely available from public hospitals and clinics.

According to reports, an estimated seven million girls miss school for some days every month because of a lack of access to hygiene products to take care of themselves during that time of the month.

Girls in learning institutions should not be deprived of education because of a problem that is easily resolvable.

Helping girls to manage menstruation can improve school and university attendance. I support the call for sanitary towels to be made accessible to the less privileged females in our country.

M. Saeed

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