Period poverty is pushing women in Zimbabwe to desperate measures – and the homeless are bearing the brunt of the crisis, according to campaigners.
Women organisations have called on the government to fully scrap import duty on sanitary wear in order to end period poverty.
Again, it is that day of the year when we commemorate International Women's Day, a day that we also take stock of the victories that have been won for girls and women so far.
In a country with 3 million girls and women who menstruate, with about a third of them being school going children either in primary or secondary school, there is a good chance that thousands of them going back to school today are actually having their periods.
We often use the adverb “naturally” to explain inevitable things whose occurrence we just have to accept and deal with.
We applaud Treasury for its commitment in the 2019 National Budget that it will prioritise integration of gender across all sectors of the economy critical for achieving equitable, sustainable and inclusive social economic development.
Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube's move to scrap duty on sanitary wear has been hailed by campaigners who say it will cushion more women girls urging the government to extend the waiver beyond 12 months.
Sanitary Aid Zimbabwe (SanAid) is a not-for-profit organisation which supports girls in Zimbabwe to stay in school by providing free sanitary pads and menstruation health education.
Gender activists have welcomed government’s move to scrap duty on sanitary wear but say more needs to be done to ensure access to sanitary wear.