Representatives from the Young Women’s Club Movement (YWCM) presented a petition demanding that the government should focus on policy reform to ensure that sanitary wear is affordable and accessible to young women and school going girls.
The petition was presented as part of the Intwasa Women’s Day commemoration where young girls and female parliamentarians gathered to discuss access to sanitary wear.
The YWCM comprises of a group of young women who gather to discuss social service delivery issues and demand accountability from their elected leaders.
In their petition, the young women highlighted that they are concerned about the continuous skyrocketing prices of sanitary wear “which is now beyond the reach of many young women and girls.”
Presenting the petition, Makhosazana Mackina said she, together with other young women in Bulawayo and Matabeleland South, believe that sanitary wear is one of the most fundamental rights to women and girls that contributes to their human dignity which is a right enshrined in section 51 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
“Now, therefore, the petitioners beseech the Parliament of Zimbabwe to take legislative and other measures to promote the right to human dignity, right to reproductive health care services and the right to education of young women and girls,” she said.
They emphasized that absenteeism is rife in schools as a result of the lack of sanitary wear during young women’s monthly menstrual cycle
During the meeting, Members of Parliament to give feedback on progress made towards improved access to sexual and reproductive health rights. Senator Molly Ndlovu said parliamentarians will engage the Ministry of Health and Childcare on increasing knowledge and raising awareness on menstrual hygiene and pushing for the lifting of duty on sanitary pads.
Honorable Ophah Ncube encouraged young girls to learn how to sew reusable sanitary pads as these are becoming a popular alternative.
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