By Staff Reporter
The retail price of sanitary wear continues to be a cause for concern among women with the majority calling for cost reduction.
As the world celebrates Menstrual Hygiene Day, which is running under the theme ‘Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health”, a call has been made for policies that will ensure improved access to sanitary wear.
In Bulawayo, young women lamented the high cost of sanitary wear which is out of reach for many.
“The price of sanitary wear is still not affordable to many girls and we are facing challenges as young school-going girls as sometimes we opt for the use of tissue which is prone to leakages,” a young girl said.
Another added, “We are losing self-esteem among our peers as we use materials that are prone to leakages and this leads to most girls not going to school where they are menstruating.”
“As women it is important that we have access to cheap sanitary wear, as we end up opting for materials that are harmful to our health,” said another.
The inclusion of key stakeholders in ensuring the provision of safe sanitary wear also remains one of the major issues that society needs to tackle.
Siphathisiwe Sibanda of Aids Healthcare Foundation Zimbabwe said, “As AIDS Healthcare Zimbabwe we are fighting for the inclusion of everyone in the society to end the stereotype associated with menstruation.
“We are also calling for the relevant authorities to come up with a policy that will see the reduction in the price of sanitary wear to less than a dollar so that everyone can be able to afford it.
“This event is also aimed at raising awareness on reusable sanitary wear as a substitute for disposable wear as it is durable and less costly.”
There is, however, hope for a better future with the First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa spearheading the training of women to produce reusable sanitary wear, a move which is expected to improve access among women.