As one way of empowering menstrual health among young women and girls in the country, AFRIPADS, a Menstrual Health and Hygiene organization says it will advocate for tax exemption on sanitary pads in the country because it is basic need for women and girls.
AFRIPADS Partnership and Business Development Manager for Southern Africa Elise Schutte made the remarks at Likhubula Youth Organization on 15th October 2021 in Zomba when the organization celebrated Mother’s Day.
During the celebrations, AFRIPADS donated sanitary kits to over 350 members from 17 youth clubs in the district.
In an interview with Nthanda Times, Schutte said AFRIPADS thought it wise to support the women including girls as they celebrate Mother’s Day.
“Menstruation period it is a natural process for women and it is the reason why humankind exists, so it is very important to value it by supporting the women and girls,” explains Schutte.
According to Schutte, the sanitary pads are re-usable and comfortable, and quite sustainable that can be used for almost a year.
In her remarks, one of the beneficiaries from Sadzi Clinic Youth Club Priscilla Kunkeyani applauded AFRIPADS for the good gesture it has done for donating such a basic need for girls.
Kunkeyani said the donation will take them a long way in maintaining their menstrual health for they are long lasting reusable sanitary pads.
“These sanitary pads will help us in saving money that was meant for a monthly menstrual kits purchase,” said Kunkeyani.
Also commenting on the same Programs Officer for Likhubula Youth Organisation Clement Malikebu commended AFRIPADS for reaching out to the female members from different youth clubs with menstrual pads.
Malikebu said the donation will reduce the risk behaviors some young ladies indulge in for money that can be used to purchase those kits.
“We need more partners to help us in supporting these ladies from our youth clubs with menstrual kits, we have just selected few members leaving behind many of them who are also vulnerable to the negative impacts of menstrual periods for using locally made cloth pads,” said Malikebu.
AFRIPADS said it is trying to do what it can by reaching out to many women and girls with these kits though it is not that enough based on their percentage, it is planning to do it more than before in the years to come.