VZI WELCOMES GOVERNMENT’S MOVE TO PROVIDE SANITARY TOWELS IN SCHOOLS NEXT YEAR
Written by newsroom on December 17, 2021
Vision Zambia Initiative (VZI) has welcomed the pronouncement by Government through the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services that sanitary towels will be provided for underprivileged girls.
Government has pledged to provide free sanitary wear in schools starting next year in order to improve the education status of girls countrywide.
Speaking during the official opening of a girls’ indaba on Tuesday, Minister of Community Development and Social Services Doreen Mwamba revealed that the 2022 National Budget has a budget line for the distribution of pads to encourage girls to remain in school.
And VZI Executive Director Namutula Sindila says the news is exciting because more girls will be kept in school and class absenteeism rates will drop which has negatively affected the socio-economic and productivity value of girls in future.
Ms. Sindila adds that the move further translates into reduced illiteracy and poverty levels among girls while health challenges that were stemming from using unhygienic absorption materials during their menstrual cycles will reduce.
VZI has since pledged its support and willingness to work with Government to ensure that period poverty is eradicated.
Vision Zambia Initiative has been carrying out various campaigns to distribute sanitary wear to girls in schools in a bid to end period poverty and keep girls in school, while the organisation has been calling on Government to cancel tax on all sanitary wear.
By Monica Aba Baidoo