Numerous NGO’s across the country have been initiating drives to raise money, and requesting donations to buy sanitary pads, for women and girls in disadvantaged areas.
It has been widely reported that millions of schoolgirls miss about a week of school every month for lack of sanitary pads.
Members of Parliament would like government to provide free and universal access to sanitary towels to poor women, and to drop the value added tax on these essential sanitary products.
Listen to the full conversation below:
CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson spoke to Bongiwe Mkhize, Manager of Sanitary Sistas about requesting government to provide free sanitary pads.
Sanitary Sistas is a CSI initiative by the Business Women's Association in the Western Cape and they have been distributing re-usable sanitary towels in disadvantaged schools.
I absolutely agree that they should get rid of VAT on sanitary ware, it’s not luxury, it’s a necessity— Bongiwe Mkhize, Manager of Sanitary Sistas
It saddens me that the resources that women use from month to month basis are utilised as a way to collect tax, it shouldn’t be.— Bongiwe Mkhize, Manager of Sanitary Sistas
It is good that at least now this is been brought out by women in government who will push and drive government to commit into products that are re-usable, sustainable and environmentally friendly— Bongiwe Mkhize, Manager of Sanitary Sistas