Government Must Fund Free Sanitary Towels for School Girls

21 July 2014.


The IFP in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature has proposed that government must buy sanitary pads and distribute them free of charge to school girls and communities at large in a similar approach as the distribution of condoms which are made available free of charge at government hospitals and clinics.


"This issue must be treated with the urgency it deserves and not be shied away from. Adolescent girls, in certain parts of the country, resort to using toilet paper, cow dung and leaves during menstruation.  Apart from impacting on their dignity this also affects their daily routines and many cannot even go to school at this time, seriously affecting their education," said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana.


"It is disheartening that women and girls, mostly from disadvantaged sectors, are resorting to harmful alternatives as they cannot afford proper sanitary towels. Young women are exposed to cervical cancer due to the alternatives they are using, while others are facing reproductive tract infections," continued Nkwanyana.


“The IFP believes that sanitary towels must be made a basic human right and government must ensure they are made available, either free of charge or at a vastly subsidised price. The IFP calls for a debate in the KZN Legislature regarding this very important issue,” she concluded.


Issued by:

Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, IFP Spokesperson on Health, 084 736 5183/ 078 302 3991


For Media Enquiries:

IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675