sanitary pads
sanitary pads

Only 17 percent of women and girls living in rural areas in Namibia have access to improved sanitation facilities, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Doreen Sioka said Thursday.

This deprives women of the privacy and infrastructure required for healthy, safe and hygienic menstrual management, she said.

“The government, together with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), supported the establishment of Menstrual Hygiene Management Clubs as part of the school-led total sanitation program.” Sioka said.

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will issue a directive to schools for them to use some of the education grant funds as seed money to start income-generating projects that can assist in the provision of menstrual health products for learners.

“One of the key interventions in the pipeline is to explore the possibility of tax exemption on sanitary products,” she said. “There is need to determine whether or not Government has to make budgetary provisions to ensure monthly provision of sanitary products to needy children.” Enditem

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