URGENT CALL FOR ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT TO ENACT A LAW ON REUSABLE MENSTRUAL SANITARY TOWELS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

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URGENT CALL FOR ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT TO ENACT A LAW ON REUSABLE MENSTRUAL SANITARY TOWELS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Taxing menstrual products is like taxing a school going girl for being a girl. Maboshe Memorial Centre – MMC has been lobbying from the Zambian Government since 2012 for menstrual hygiene management policy on the distribution of free sanitary towels to school going girls who can’t afford to buy pads in all public schools mostly in rural public schools not for them to stay at home instead of going to school due to lack of menstrual hygiene management facility tools in rural public schools.Since2019, the Zambian parliament has unanimously adopted a motion for the free distribution of sanitary towels in rural schools, although the motion is not law, it means the government must provide funds for the distribution of sanitary pads in future budgets. The motion comes after Zambian parliament scrapped taxes on sanitary products in a bid to make them more affordable. Zambia’s government has decided to provide sanitary towels to girls enrolled in rural public schools, to encourage more students to come to class. No Zambian school going girl should miss or drop out of school due to a lack of access to sanitary pads, there is need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders, especially legislators or lawmakers, Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society, Traditional & Religious Leaders, Community Based Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and the General Public to join efforts to find a lasting solution to menstrual poverty which has affected many female school learners in rural public schools.  The petition is part of a partnership between Maboshe Memorial Centre – MMC and girls in rural public schools who can’t afford to buy sanitary pads - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezFF-HgCPZ8 
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Re: URGENT CALL FOR ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT TO ENACT A LAW ON REUSABLE MENSTRUAL SANITARY TOWELS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Greetings Maboshe,

This is surprisingly new information for me. I quote:

The motion comes after Zambian parliament scrapped taxes on sanitary products in a bid to make them more affordable

Could you kindly share more information and links on this? Up until recently, I believe stakeholders were still hard at work trying to make this a possibility.

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Re: URGENT CALL FOR ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT TO ENACT A LAW ON REUSABLE MENSTRUAL SANITARY TOWELS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

greetings Maboshe,
Congratulation  for reaching high in making sure that mensural hygiene is given a priority in your country.
This is a very huge stage I can see. I think there is a need to advocate  and call a need to adopt this approach  in our country ( Tanzania)

regards, 
 Mgeta sebastian.
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