Menstruation is a natural cycle of life that occurs to the majority of females globally.
Period poverty refers to inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and educations, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities, and waste management. Worldwide, young girls miss school while menstruating due to a lack of access to their basic needs.
In TT, there was an attempt to lower costs of sanitary pads and tampons in the 2001 budget, by finance minister Gerald Yetming who stated he was removing VAT on these products to increase the disposable income of taxpayers. However, these costs are still too high for many.
"I didn't know much about menstruation and cried the first time I got my period because I thought I had changed forever was ashamed I wish I knew more before that moment. Growing up I was never able to talk to my mom about periods nor ask her for supplies, so I had to ration them out in school. This led me to have one or two pads for the entire seven days I was on my period and often bleeding through my uniform"
" Girls who don't have access to menstrual hygiene products that they're forced to use toilet paper or even socks or a piece of their clothing, it's so unhealthy. I mean everyone deserves to have a high-quality life our bodies are all unique and different to each of us"
"Girls and women menstruated yesterday, they are menstruating today and they will menstruate tomorrow. Should it take us a lifetime to get used to the idea that this natural biological process will always be with us and we have to decisively act to end period poverty once and for all?"--Chiedza Liana Musiwa
It is a woman's right to have access to sanitary pads worldwide. Those who cannot afford sanitary pads face so many health risks. We, as a global community, need to see and envision what is rightly needed by the majority of the population and make sanitary pads free.